Uckfield rail services may be improved

The possibility of late-night services on Fridays and Saturdays on the Uckfield railway line is set to be welcomed by the county council.

The aspiration to improve services is detailed in Network Rail's draft Sussex Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS).

Today's meeting at county hall in Lewes will be told the strategy proposes to lengthen trains on the Uckfield line to eight-car by 2014 and to ten-car by 2019.

The report from council officials said the strategy's suggestion of a late-night service on the line for Fridays and Saturdays should be welcomed along with the suggestion of the electrification of the line between Uckfield and Hurst Green.

The report also states: “It is also pleasing to note that Network Rail recognises that reinstating the Lewes-Uckfield line may be a viable proposal in the future and they support protection of the line in relevant strategies.  

 'There may be scope to revisit this proposal within the RUS framework (if there is a change to Government policy and the appraisal process) and its inclusion in the final RUS is therefore important.”

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