A stretch of new paving can now be seen in Uckfield High Street as work on the first section has been completed.

First section of Uckfield High Street improvements finished

New paving, kerb stones and street lights have been installed now the first section of Uckfield High Street improvements has been completed.

Traffic signals have been upgraded and preparatory work for tree planting to help mitigate surface water flooding in town has also been undertaken.

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A layby starts near Elysium in Uckfield High Street and runs to WH Smith.

Work is under way now on the second of ten sections that make up stage two of the highway scheme.

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Work continues on the new paving in Uckfield High Street. This picture shows the end of the layby which begins near Elysium and finishes near WH Smith.

Cllr Claire Dowling, chairman of the scheme project board, comprised of representatives from East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Uckfield Town Council said: “We’re really pleased with the way the project is progressing and while we’re still in the early stages, hopefully people can now begin to see the progress that is being made and how it is improving the High Street.

“The feedback we’ve had on the traffic management has been overwhelmingly positive – the one-way system and diversion route, along with the public transport measures put in place, are working well and keeping disruption to a minimum.”

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Elysium Engraving has been closed this week as the owner Heather Stephens recovers following recent surgery and because of the level of disruption by roadworks. The shop is due to re-open on Tuesday, March 15.

Cllr Dowling said: “The board, local traders, the Uckfield – The Future group and the Chamber of Commerce are working hard to spread the word that Uckfield is open for business as usual throughout this scheme and it’s vital that people continue to support businesses in the town centre while the works are being carried out.

Cllr Dowling added: “We all want the town centre to be successful and these improvements will help to achieve that by making it more attractive to shoppers and visitors, allowing traffic to flow freely and improving access to public transport, which will help deliver economic growth, jobs and a thriving economy for Uckfield.”

Looking up the High Street again from outside Santander.

How the pavement used to look from outside Santander.

It is three weeks since work began in the High Street and a southbound one-way system remains in operation as it will for the duration of the eight-month scheme. Northbound traffic is being diverted via Bell Lane and the A22 bypass.

A replacement shuttle bus is in operation and free parking is being offered at weekends at Uckfield Railway Station. All car parks are open and freely accessible and motorists can currently still turn left out of Luxford Field car park, as High Street remains open to two-way traffic above the roadworks.

Uckfield News carries tips about shopping in Uckfield during March here. Goods available range from neat iPhone speakers to pampering Bomb Blasts and bargain ski jackets.

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