Going around in triangles

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I mentioned some years ago that a great opportunity was lost when the Farlington railway triangle in Portsmouth was built on.

I suggested a train and plane interchange should be built there and that the old Portsmouth Airport might have lived on if a concrete runway had replaced the grass one.

Admittedly, there would have been little room for jets, but traffic to the Channel Islands and nearer European locations could have been a target. Unfortunately the site was built on.

However, with the number of employees now working on both sides of the railway line would it not be time for a new station?

In 1949, the Evening News reported that after a debate by the Portsmouth district committee of the Southern Regional Board for Industry, a meeting was arranged with the local planning committee to see what land was available for a new station, plus sidings, for unloading purposes.What an opportunity missed.