Uckfield signal box.

Uckfield signal box steps to be replaced with metal/galvanised material

Wooden steps to the signal box at Uckfield Railway Station are to be replaced with metal or galvanised material.

A report to Uckfield Town Council on Monday night said it appeared damp had got into softwood joints and weakened the structure. Extra timber joists are now supporting those areas.

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Joists support weakend joints in steps to Uckfield signal box.

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Uckfield Town Council is planning to replace wooden steps to the signal box with metal/galvanised material.

Members of Uckfield Town Council’s general purposes committee who met on Monday night were in favour of replacing the steps with metal/galvanised material painted to be in keeping with the rest of the signal box.

Cllr Mick Dean who led the way in favouring this choice over wood said that years ago this material was ugly but now it could be made to look “very nice”.

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Steps to Uckfield signal box when they were last replaced.

He said it was obvious from photographs that the steps needed replacing and metal/galvanised steps would be a permanent solution to the problem.

If other options were pursued, hardwood, or softwood, they would need replacing again in the future, he added.

Mayor, Cllr Louise Eastwood, said she could remember the steps being replaced twice before, so she too favoured a more permanent solution.

Councillors decided to ask Wealden Council whether it would be all right to replace the wooden steps with galvanised metal. They said the signal box was not listed but wanted to check that there would be no objections.

It would have cost more than £9,000 to replace the softwood steps with a longer-lasting hardwood, and more than £7,000 for another set of softwood steps.

The metal/galvanised material was said to cost £5,207.

VAT has to be added in all cases.

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