The long-running saga of providing more car parking spaces at Uckfield railway station may be coming to an end.
Town councillors received a report of a meeting of the Uckfield Railway Line Parishes Committee which said “progress may at last be made”.
The aim is to provide spaces on land that once housed the town’s station.
Wealden MP Charles Hendry, Southern Railway and Network Rail have, said the report, been meeting and it was probable spaces would be provided on the old trackbed but with a guarantee that an equivalent number of spaces would be found if the Uckfield-Lewes link is reinstated.
There would be a “small” parking fee.
The rail line parishes committee was also told:
- Transport for London has proposed that ten-car trains should run on the Uckfield Line in future but “give no details as to where the extra rolling stock would come from”.
- Over-crowding problems continue to worsen with passengers sitting on the luggage racks. Passengers from Buxted are, it was reported, travelling down to Uckfield to ensure they have a seat on the journey to London.
- The group is pressing for the re-doubling and electrification of the track between Hurst Green and Uckfield to be included in the list of projects for the period 2014-19.
- There is concern that traffic proposals for Uckfield town centre, to be unveiled this spring, will contain a proposal to cross the old trackbed of the line to Lewes at ground level, rather than by bridge.