Uckfield railway station

Passenger numbers up again at Uckfield railway station

Passenger numbers at Uckfield railway station continue to grow.

Figures for 2014/15 show an estimated 552,364 passengers entered and exited the station, writes Paul Watson.

The figure was 546,690 in 2013/14.

In 2009/10, the number of passengers entering and leaving the station was put at 336,860.

The latest rise continues a trend in increased use at Uckfield which began with the introduction of new trains on to the line in 2004 to replace ageing stock, known as Thumpers; so called because of the sound they made in service.

At Buxted, the estimated number of passengers using the station dropped in 2014/15 to 150,310 from 161,778 the previous year.

Figures for Crowborough show 399,962 passengers in 2014/15, down from 411,360 passengers the previous year.

*A digger has been moved on to the site of the platform extension at Uckfield.

A digger on the site of the extension to the platform at Uckfield railway station

A digger on the site of the extension to the platform at Uckfield railway station

According to the schedule, work is due to begin in earnest this week – the fourth of the six-week blockade on the line between Uckfield and Crowborough.

Week beginning January 25: Excavation and installation for lighting column concrete (day shifts);

Week beginning February 1: Delivery of materials (day shifts, including Saturday and Sunday);

Week beginning February 8: Installation of platform (day and night shifts).

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