Uckfield railway station platform will be lengthened within the next five years to allow longer trains to run.
The money to carry out the work is available, Network Rail told UckfieldNews.com.
What was needed was a decision from the Department for Transport on the types and number of extra diesels to be introduced on the line. This will help determine the length of the platforms needed along the whole Uckfield Line.
The diesel trains for the line will be “cascaded” from elsewhere in the UK as it is no longer possible to buy diesel passenger trains for use in the UK.
News of platform lengthening programme was officially announced yesterday (March 31) and is part of Network Rail’s five-year delivery plan.
No decision has been made as to whether Buxted station platform will be lengthened.
It is often standing room only on the Uckfield Line trains during peak hours with services to London Bridge full after Crowborough.
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