UPDATE at 4.30pm September 23. Network Rail has announced that the new Uckfield railway station car park will open on Monday, October 5.
It says the £1million car park will provide an additional 174 car parking spaces for the town.
It is immediately across the road from the railway station on the site of the old station which was closed in 1991.
Network Rail says it will not only help to accommodate the growing numbers of passengers using the Uckfield line, but also play an important role in the wider improvements for the town which are being delivered by East Sussex County Council supported by Wealden District Council.
Vicky Tilling, Network Rail Project Development Manager said: “With the improvements to Uckfield town centre taking place, it is essential that there is a convenient, safe and well-lit car park close to the station for the benefit of rail passengers.”
Vicky continued: “Network Rail has worked very closely with East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council and Uckfield Town Council, as well as RailFuture and the Sussex Community Rail Partnership to deliver this new facility for the benefit of not only Uckfield Station users but also the residents of Uckfield.”
TODAY’S original story
Little progress seems to have been made on the new station car park for Uckfield since work appeared to re-start on the site earlier this month.
Works stalled after difficulties over land ownership and drainage but our pictures published on September 3 showed a flurry of activity.
Yesterday there were signs of a new fence having been put up within the site, see top picture, but elsewhere the scene was chaotic (see below).