More backing for Network Rail's bid to build car park at old Uckfield station

The Uckfield Railway Line Parishes Committee has backed efforts to have land at the old railway station site in Uckfield turned into a car park.

The committee, which is made up of representatives from town and parish councils along, and near to, the Uckfield railway line, and user groups,is pressing the Government to transfer the land to Network Rail.

The railway line parishes committee monitors the train service and promotes improvements on the line.

Chairman Duncan Bennett said: “We know that lack of car parking space at the very busy Uckfield railway station is a Number One gripe for both rail users and the owners of homes in the vicinity of the railway station who find cars parked outside their homes all day long.

“A resolution to these concerns is within our grasp – or the grasp of the Government, anyway. We are urging the Department for Transport to support Network Rail and the local delegation due to meet the Rail Minister on December 13, to bring about a long-overdue solution to this issue which affects rail travellers and blights the lives of local residents in both Uckfield and Buxted.”

Currently the old station land is in the hands of the British Rail Residuary Board charged with seeking the 'best price' for the land but the board is soon to be disbanded and the aim is to pass the land to the London and Continental Railway which would operate in a similar way.

Local groups are campaigning to have the land transferred instead to Network Rail who have declared a strong interest in building a car park there. Their plans are supported by East Sussex County Council and Wealden District Council.

The Uckfield Railway Line Parishes Committee has also written to the Government to back Network Rail's proposals.

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