Uckfield bus station revamp plan due soon

Designs for a new-look Uckfield bus station are expected to emerge later this year.

It will be the third stage of the town centre improvement scheme.

Uckfield bus station in January 2020

Uckfield bus station in January 2020

A fourth stage is also being worked on which will be designed to improve roads into Uckfield.

The first stage of the town centre improvements were the works between the traffic lights at the junction at Bell Lane and the High Street in the centre of town to the Framfield Road traffic lights.

First stage of the works in September 2014

Stage two was from the Bell Lane/High Street traffic lights to Church Street.

Both sets of work were highly controversial, particularly the widening of pavements and the removal of some on-street parking spaces.

East Sussex County Council carried out the projects and worked with Wealden District Council and Uckfield Town Council on the scheme which was intended to “reduce traffic congestion and improve transport infrastructure in Uckfield town centre”.

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Uckfield High Street in September 2016 as the final touches were put to the stage 2 work

Other changes included new street lighting, new drainage, new paving slabs, new seats/benches, improved bus stops with real time information and a 20mph speed limit.

At the time, a third stage was promised – an updated bus station which is due to include a new layout and a larger shelter for passengers.

The new design has been on the cards for some time with this website reporting three years ago that designs were due out later in 2017.

Many in the town hope the proposals will include public lavatories.

In the spring

East Sussex County Council has told UckfieldNews.com that it is continuing to work with partners, including the district and town councils to progress the third stage of the improvements.

A county spokesperson said the council hoped to be in a position to publish detailed designs by the spring.

“The third stage will be the latest piece in the jigsaw of a scheme which has already made a really positive impact in improving the town centre and making it a more attractive place for residents, traders and visitors.

“We are also working on a fourth stage, which is aimed at identifying options for transport improvements along routes into the town centre, to further the overall aims of the project, enabling Uckfield to accommodate increased traffic resulting from current and future developments in the town,” the county council told this website.

The cost of the improvements has been funded by contributions from housing developers.

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