Train tickets on sale for town without station

Gosport, which has no railway station, will soon appear on ticket machines as passengers can buy travel to the Gosport Ferry. Below, Gosport Ferry's new vessel
Gosport, which has no railway station, will soon appear on ticket machines as passengers can buy travel to the Gosport Ferry. Below, Gosport Ferry's new vessel
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TRAIN passengers could soon be buying tickets to stop at Gosport – despite the station being closed to passengers for 61 years.

National Rail is adding Gosport Ferry’s service to its database so commuters can pay for a fare from any station to the town.

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Passengers would get off at Portsmouth Harbour instead of Fareham and travel over.

Chris Waters, finance director at the firm, said: ‘It would include the fare – it puts Gosport on the map, that’s the good thing.

‘When you get to Fareham it says alight here for Gosport but the fastest way across is from Portsmouth.’

The scheme was announced at a marine networking event held in Gosport on Tuesday by Gosport Marine Scene.

A rail ticket collection machine could also be installed in Gosport.

Councillor Sean Woodward is the transport boss at Hampshire County Council.

He said: ‘It will be excellent and makes a lot of sense.’

Cllr Woodward added the plan is a welcome move and comes after Solent Go was set up.

That scheme offers through-tickets for Gosport ferry and Hayling Island and the buses.

‘There’s a lot of work being done to get this through,’ he said.

‘We’re trying to spread if far and wide.’

From 6.30am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 6.30pm the ferry runs between Gosport and Portsmouth pontoons every 7.5 minutes.

Gosport Borough Council leader Mark Hook has also welcomed the move.

He said: ‘Anything that makes travel easier for the public has got to be a good thing.

‘If they could do a through-ticket that then it’s something we will certainly support.’

The plans are in the early stages and have yet to be signed off by South West Trains and the ferry company.

A spokesman for the rail firm, which operates the lines in the Portsmouth area, said: ‘We are in discussions with Gosport Ferry about potential options but we aren’t able to comment any further at this stage.’

It comes as Gosport ferry launched a new vessel last month.