Campaigners join forces to demand better Uckfield rail line service

Campaigners for a better rail service on the Uckfield line will be converging on Crowborough on Tuesday to promote their cause.


Nus Ghani

Two prospective Conservative parliamentary candidates, Nus Ghani for Wealden, and Tom Tugendhat for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling will be travelling with fellow campaigners from different directions demanding action from Network Rail and Southern.

Nus Ghani will be setting out from Uckfield on the 9.34am train with local councillors and members of the Wealden Line Campaign while Tom Tugendhat will journey to meet her on a southbound train.

Nus told that both candidates travel by train and were ‘fed up’ with the service.  She said: “The trains are infrequent, often delayed or cancelled and there is a lack of information about them.”

She added: “There are longer term issues too, the Uckfield line needs to be electrified, we need more than one track and we need longer carriages.

“What Tom and I are trying to do is to find a way of continuously putting pressure on the providers to make sure investment comes to this area.”

She said the plan had been for extra carriages to come on board early this year but they had heard that might be happening later and they wanted to know exactly what would be happening.

Nus added that they also wanted a statement from the network providers about disruption this week since people went back to work after the Christmas break.

She said the two candidates had been to London Bridge to see the ‘fantastic’ work being done there and it was amazing to see the the ultra-modern new station there only to chug back home on a diesel train. “There seems to be a disconnect,” she said.

Nus said she had seen an apology from Network Rail and Southern about this week’s chaos but added: “Are they going to apologise every day for poor service or are they going to try to work this out.”

The Network Rail and Southern apology can be seen here on the Southern website.

Read a previous Uckfield News story about a promise from Govia Thameslink Railway to bring longer trains to Uckfield: Longer trains are coming to Uckfield.

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