Final version of Uckfield to Lewes rail line study on the way

The results of a study commissioned by the Department for Transport to re-examine ‘previous’ proposals to reinstate the Uckfield to Lewes rail line are expected at any time.trains_uckfield_station

An East Sussex County Council report says the council has been working with consultants who were commissioned by the Government to undertake the study.

The reinstatement of the rail line south of Uckfield was part of a wider study of rail in the wider Brighton Rail “corridor”.

The county council says a draft of the findings went to the Department for Transport in January and the final version is being prepared.

The report says the work was being undertaken in three stages.

They were:

  • An assessment of the anticipated demand in the short, medium and long term
  • An assessment of proposals and their feasibility
  • Determining priorities.

The council report says that as a key stakeholder it was engaging with the consultant on the study at an early stage and “ensuring the involvement of our borough and district councils, as this could influence their future growth plans, as well as other stakeholders in the process”.

The report, prepared for a meeting of the economy, transport and environment scrutiny committee tomorrow, Wednesday, March 16, says the consultant issued a draft report to the Department for Transport in early January and was understood to be working on a final version.

In terms of publication, the latest official statement from the rail minister, Claire Perry MP, on January 19 in response to a question from Caroline Lucas MP, was said to be: “The study is expected to be completed early in 2016, and the Government will subsequently consider the timeframe for releasing the study findings, including our response”.

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