Update at 9.45am on Tuesday, July 14: Network Rail is to reveal later this month what will happen to Uckfield and Buxted trains while the Uckfield rail platform is lengthened. – See more at: Rail platform drop-in session fixed for end of month at Uckfield.
Our original story on Tuesday, July 14, at 6am: Information about planned Uckfield rail station platform works should shortly be received by residents.
It was revealed at last Friday’s town council meeting that services on the line would be disrupted while the platform was lengthened to accommodate ten-carriage trains. See our report published on Saturday, here.
Cllr Spike Mayhew said there would be disruption over a lengthy period. Day-time, non-peak services would be suspended and for two weeks there would be no services at all from the station.
UckfieldNews.com asked Network Rail yesterday for details of when the closures would begin and details of rail replacement bus services.
Network Rail issued the following statement:
“We are writing to residents today [July 13] to inform them of a number of community drop-in sessions that will take place over the next few weeks.
“We hope that the sessions will help the local community to see the benefits of the project and answer any questions they may have.”
Train operating company Southern said train and rail replacement bus plans were being devised and would be announced “soon”.
UckfieldNews.com understands initial works to set up the project could begin shortly, although the curtailment of services is more likely to occur later in the autumn. We could get no confirmation of this from Network Rail or of plans to upgrade other infrastructure on the line, while services are in limbo.