For Havant, the arrival of rail in 1867 did not run entirely smoothly. The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and the London and South Western Railway came to loggerheads over track usage, and on a few occasions trains were left stranded as the companies argued over right of way. Thankfully, there is no such bickering today - rebuilt in 1938, Havant station provides local commuters with reliable links to London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour along the Portsmouth Direct Line.
Havant itself is a thriving retail hub with a population of 120,000. The market, surrounded by superb Georgian buildings and narrow alleyways locally known as 'Twittens', is a charming part of town and the Spring Arts Centre on East Street celebrates the town's Roman history. Meridian Shopping Centre is another local hotspot. The award-winning Staunton Country Park with exotic plants and a maze is only a ten-minute bus ride away.