The access road to the new Network Rail car park where works have stalled.

Work on Network Rail car park access road grinds to a halt

Work on the access road to the new Network Rail car park in Uckfield has ground to a halt while talks are under way to resolve drainage and land ownership issues.

Parties involved in the discussions include East Sussex County Council, Network Rail, Greene King and Wealden District Council.

The county council said all parties remained committed to completing the scheme “as soon as possible so that people in Uckfield can begin to benefit from the new car park”.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “No news yet I’m afraid. I am told we are waiting on a decision from the council.”

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Click on this picture to read about the new Automatic Number Plate Recognition Cameras at the Luxford Car Park.

Meanwhile elsewhere in town preparations are being made for changes in parking regulations to tie in with completion of the car park.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras have been installed in Luxford Car Park ready to monitor new time limits and new signs are in place, through covered at the moment.

Once the Network Rail car park opens there will be a three-hour time limit on short-stay parking in the section of car park behind the High Street.

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One of the new signs – without the cover seen on most of the signs – for short stay parking at Luxford Field.

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Still to be unveiled one of the short stay parking signs at Luxford Field.

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Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras will monitor parking at Luxford Car Park, once the new station car park is open.

There will be medium term parking, with a ten-hour time limit, in spaces nearer to Holy Cross Church.

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Mid stay parking will be available in the section of the Luxford Car Park nearest to Holy Cross Church.

Commuters are expected to be displaced from the car park, moving instead to the new station car park where 24-hour paid-for parking will be available.

It will cost £4 a day Monday to Friday and £1 a day at the weekend and on Bank Holidays to park there. Weekly fees will be £18; monthly, £66; quarterly £192, and annual £650.

New parking restrictions have been approved for other sites around Uckfield to “address road safety and local concerns”.

A report to the county council planning committee, which approved the plans on Wednesday, mentioned the “substantial number of commuters” who were expected to be displaced but said the roads most convenient for commuter parking – Bridge Farm Road, Bell Farm Road and Mill Drove – were already fairly busy with few free spaces available.

The report concluded: “The new Network Rail car park with 174 spaces would serve to mitigate the parking demand accommodating the displaced on-street and the Luxford Field car park vehicles.

More on the new on-street parking regulations here: New parking regulations approved for 14 sites in Uckfield.

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