Three years ago it was suggested that the line be re-instated as part of the proposed Whitehill-Bordon Eco-town. In 2009 the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) produced a consultation entitled "Connecting Communities" (PDF) which included the following:
Proposed link: single track electrified line, using the formation of the former Bentley – Bordon branch line and part of the track of the former Longmoor Military Railway. Five miles long from Bentley. Three level crossings required.
Train service: Half hourly. Could alternate with Alton – Waterloo service once an hour, or form a portion (attached at Farnham) every half hour. Could operate as a shuttle to Aldershot connecting with Guildord, Ascot and Waterloo services.
Will this happen?
You can keep up to date with what's happening, or not, with the eco-town project at www.whitehillbordon.com and with focussed opposition at baaga.co.uk