Electrification of the Uckfield to Hurst Green train line and its return to dual track is set to be listed as priority No 2 in East Sussex County Council’s rail strategy.
The council’s Lead Member for Economy, Cllr Rupert Simmons, is being asked to approve the move at a meeting later this month.
The council suggests that the No 1 priority in East Sussex should be the dual tracking and electrification of the Hastings to Ashford line.
A council report says: “The electrification and then dual tracking of the line between Uckfield – Hurst Green on the Uckfield – London line has been identified as the county’s second priority for delivery.”
The county council will work with other local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to ensure Network Rail focuses its investment on these priority schemes for East Sussex.
The council has given the highest priority to the Hastings – Ashford link because it links key areas of employment and housing growth along the south coast – Brighton, south Wealden, Bexhill/Hastings and Ashford.
The report adds the council will continue to “promote and lobby” for the reinstatement of the rail line from Uckfield to Lewes.
*The previous dual track was removed more than 20 years to make the line single-track, with passing spaces. This frequently causes delays to services.