Portsdown and Horndean Light Railway
The tramway in Waterlooville
|Dates of operation||2 March 1903–9 January 1935|
|Predecessor||Portsmouth Street Tramways Company|
|Track gauge||4 ft 7 3⁄4 in (1,416 mm)|
|Length||5 miles 78.5 chains.|
Authorised in 1899 by an Order of the 1896 Light Railway Commission under the Light Railway Act, it opened on 3 March 1903 and started from a junction with the Portsmouth Corporation Transport street tramway system on the Portsmouth Road, south of Cosham Station.
The company was a wholly owned subsidiary of The Provincial Tramways Company.
The route ran alongside the London Road (now A3) throughout and traces can still be seen as extra-wide pavements in several locations, and the abutments of the old bridge over the Southwick Road in Cosham. From 1924 through running onto Portsmouth Corporation tramlines was introduced with the light railway trams running firstly to the town hall and later to Clarence Pier and finally to South Parade Pier.
Replacement by buses
The last tram ran on 9 January 1935, by which time it had been superseded by motor buses, and became the Southdown Bus Company Route 42. In 2006, new lighting was installed along the route as part of Havant Borough Council's bus corridor improvement scheme.
- S E Harrisons Tramways of Portsmouth 1955 pg104
- Tramways of Portsmouth S.E.Harrison 1955 pg115
- Whitcombe, H.A., History of the Steam Tram, pp 7-8, Oakwood Press, 1961
- From: 'Parishes: Farlington', A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 3 Page, W (Ed)1908, pp. 148-51
- "Overnight Horndean became a resort with people coming out for day trips, week-ends- even holidays. Ann Eyre, autobiographical notes by a former resident, 28 December 2006
- Williams' Guide and Timetable to some of the Beauty Spots on the P&H LR (July 1913)
- The 42 route was finally scrapped in January 2007 (The News, Portsmouth p6, 31 January 2007)