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A PROJECT to transform an old train station which played host to Queen Victoria will be officially opened tomorrow.

The site that was once Gosport’s railway station has been transformed into 35 affordable flats and houses.

The original entrance to the train station, in Spring Garden Lane, has been preserved by the developers Guinness Hermitage.

The development will be opened by Lady Douro, the Guinness Partnership president, at 1pm.

Surinder Heer, from the development company, said: ‘This has been a project of great local interest.

‘It has resulted in the preservation and restoration of the remains of an historic building.’

The former station is a Grade II listed building and was designed by Victorian architect Sir William Tite. It opened in 1841.

The development includes a community facilities and offices.

The project, which took 18 months to build, has also seen the original track where the trains used to pass through preserved, with the height of the old platforms remaining in place.

Queen Victoria would often pass through the station on her way to Clarence Yard where she boarded a yacht for the journey to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.