Observer: Time to invest in public transport

Our Saturday independent columnist, Observer, argues for more investment in sustainable transport.

Great to see that readers have put safe cycling routes on the town’s transport agenda this week.

The ball was set rolling by Tim Benians, whose letter was featured here.

My thanks to Tim, who asked for his letter to be forwarded to me, and others who added to the idea via the UckfieldNews Facebook page.

You have my wholehearted support in trying to make this town more cycle friendly.

Public transport

There are many in Uckfield who think East Sussex County Council is “car mad” and does far too little to promote public transport and sustainable transport.

After all, look at the phases of the town centre improvements.

It was roads first, roads and pavements second, while we still wait for the bus station works.

Rail line

We could also refer to the sorry saga of the Uckfield to Lewes rail line where over a long period of time the county has failed to demonstrate the leadership, drive and endeavour needed. And, that’s not bringing up the county council’s role in the original closure.

My regular readers will know I favour an integrated public transport system within the town, based on ‘Hopper’ type buses to link the housing estates with the shops, bus and railway stations.

Safe cycling routes would be a useful adjunct to that.

Time to lobby

It needs money to make it happen but if we can afford wider pavements (and I am not arguing either way on that), why can’t we have a proper bus service and proper cycle routes?

How can we make that happen?

All I can suggest is that you lobby your local town, district and county councillors.

See also:

Framfield headteacher Jacqueline Davies retires

Plenty to do in Uckfield area this weekend – from beer and steam festival to Singers’ concert

Twice-weekly craft sessions coming up at Bridge Cottage

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