Update on Tuesday, January 19: Barriers have gone up to stop parking at Uckfield Railway Station as work is due to begin on extending the platform to accommodate longer trains.
Services from Uckfield and Buxted were suspended at the start of the year to allow the works to go ahead.
During closure of the line, passengers are being taken to and from Crowborough by bus.
From our original story on January 5: Network Rail is also improving drainage in the Crowborough Tunnel, which also needs the line to be closed, writes Paul Watson.
The “anticipated” programme of works for the lengthening of the platform is:
- Week beginning January 18: Site establishment and enabling works (day shifts)
- 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)
Train services are due to resume on February 15.
Further work will be carried out at Uckfield for three weeks from February 29 when the line will be closed off-peak between Uckfield and Hurst Green. This closure lasts until March 24.
Network Rail contractors Bam Nuttall has said a range of vehicles will be used to deliver and remove materials from the site.
It said working hours for night shifts would generally be 10pm to 6am.
“The equipment we use means some disturbance is unavoidable, but every efforts is made to minimise any unnecessary noise.
“Those working on site are briefed on working responsibly with the local community,” the company said.
“Super-silenced” generators will be used while reversing “beacons” on equipment will operate at a lower frequency to standard beacons.