The threat posed by a new road in the centre of Uckfield to any re-opening of the rail line to Lewes has been spotlighted by a national publication.
The influential Rail magazine says: “At Uckfield, East Sussex county councillors have agreed to take forward long-held ambitions for a Town Centre Traffic Management scheme, which includes a new road running just south of the present station.”
The report says four residential developments in the town will provide £4.2 million of funding under Section 106 agreements. Costs for the new roadway range from £5 million, to £16.5m.
“The cheapest option apparently crosses the former railway to Lewes on the level, permanently preventing a re-opening,” the magazine states.
“Rail understands that Lewes MP Norman Baker has written to East Sussex County Council and to Transport Minister Theresa Villiers, indicating his concern over these plans and their possible consequence, given the Coalition Government’s policy of protecting trackbeds against development.
“It is not clear as to whether the plans for the new road will affect the trackbed, or not. However, Network Rail supports protection of the route as being one of potential long-term importance,” the magazine states.