Network Rail looks to have found a solution to extending the Uckfield station platform.
It appears as if the construction work will be carried out using the existing platform as the route to the site.
An official announcement from Network Rail is expected shortly.
The project ran into problems when Uckfield Town Council refused permission for a “haul” road to be put across part of Hempstead Meadows Local Nature Reserve.
An alternative plan using Mill Lane was likely to meet neighbour objections while use of Alexandra Road was ruled out.
A longer route, via the Bird-in-Eye industrial estate, was also considered.
The Uckfield Railway Line Parishes Committee has been told by Vicky Tilling, Network Rail project co-ordinator for improvements on the Uckfield Line, that construction plans had been reviewed.
A new but not untested design was proposed with access over the existing platform.
Completion target is next July
Prelimary work for extending platforms on the whole line is due to begin this month, with work beginning in September.
Completion is targeted for July next year.
Platforms are being extended along the line to allow ten-coach trains to operate.
The committee was also told at its May meeting that the 12 diesel coaches which had been moved to Southern for the Uckfield line from Scotland were in a worse condition, and refurbishment was taking longer, than expected.
It is expected that some services will be lengthened ahead of the platform work being completed.
Ms Tilling confirmed to the meeting that re-doubling the Uckfield Line to Hurst Green and electrification would be considered in the future.
In February, the UckfieldNews.com independent columnist, Observer, suggested Network Rail should look to its own resources for a solution to access the platform extension site. Observer wrote: “First rule in my line of work is to use your own people and your own resources for anything that is likely to be tricky, awkward and difficult to deliver. We don’t contract out if we sense rough going ahead.” Read the whole article here
A report of the Uckfield Railway Line Parishes Committee meeting was given last night (July 7) to members of Uckfield Town Council Environment and Leisure Committee.
Members of the committee present were:
Vice-chair: Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Duncan Bennett, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North ,
Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central
Chairman, Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North