Update on Tuesday, January 26: East Sussex Highways says Bell Lane, Uckfield, will remain closed for the rest of this week.
The county council says this is an emergency closure due to a “cable strike”. The closure started yesterday and is expected to run until Friday, January 29.
Original Uckfield News story on Monday, January 25: People were taken by surprise this morning to find Bell Lane, Uckfield, closed to traffic.
One trader said there was chaos at about 9.30pm with no warning given to motorists beforehand.
The bus station was empty as Brighton and Hove, Compass, and Stagecoach were unable to access the station. All their services were working from the High Street.
Stagecoach, which serves Uckfield to Eastbourne, is reporting the closure is caused by a power cable fault.
East Sussex Highways refers to the emergency closure as being due to a “cable strike”.
Work is under way in the town centre as UK Power Networks (UKPN) installs new 11kv high voltage electricity cables from the sub-station in Bell Lane to the 1,000 homes development at Ridgewood Farm.
Works in Bridge Farm Road, New Town, are connected to cabling works between town centre and Ridgewood Farm and has been cordoned off as a “lay-down area for storage”.
Read more about the major roadworks which are expected to last until May, in another Uckfield News story here: Uckfield braces for new town centre roadworks.