Just off the main road onto the Island is a small turning leading to North Hayling Station (also known as North Hayling Halt). This was once a small wooden station serving the single track Havant to Hayling branch line. As well as providing a local stop to the people of North Hayling, North Hayling Station was also used to load Oysters farmed in the beds just to the North of the station.
Although similarly constructed, and lacking the albeit basic staffing common at other nearby ‘Halts’, such as Bedhampton and Warblington. North Hayling was never officially classed as such. In fact just after WW2 a brand new enamelled sign was created in error, quoting the ‘North Hayling Halt’ name. It was never used and languished for many years in the stores at Havant, until the line eventually closed.
The diminutive Station, together with the rest of the line, was closed in 1963 when it fell under the axe of Dr. Beeching. Although little evidence remains of the sites railway history, the site of the old station at North Hayling does still provide access to the Coastal Path, Oysterbeds and the RSPB nature reserve.
The site was also the location of one of Hayling’s anti-aircraft batteries during the Second World War, serving to protect the Island during frequent air raids. Equipped with heavy 5.5 inch guns, the remains of the emplacements are still visible if you travel down the coastal trail from this point.