Plans for a station car park in Uckfield have been submitted by Network Rail.
An application before Wealden Council shows 174 spaces with associated cycle parking, ticket machines and landscaping. The car park would be opposite the railway station, next to the disused track bed and the Station pub.
Documents with the planning proposal say the car park would be for commuters with the aim of making more spaces available in the town centre for visitors and shoppers.
“This will involve surfacing the existing overgrown grass and weeds with tarmac, new concrete kerbing, white and yellow lining, pay stations, lighting standards and CCTV cameras around the perimeter of the site.”
A design and access statement says the car park has been designed to ensure that any future aspiration to reopen the Lewes line is not compromised by the proposed development.
“The existing platforms, rails and access from the highway is to be retained and free from car parking.
“An area of landscaping has been included off the High Street which is suitably sized should a new station building be required as part of the line reopening.
“In addition the northern boundary is such that a 12 cart platform can be installed should it be required without impacting on the car park capacity.”
Size of site
The site, occupied by the original station building when the line continued south to Lewes is 160 metres long and 30 metres wide.
Documents say: “When the line to Lewes closed the station building was stranded the wrong side of the high street which resulted in congestion whenever a train arrived or departed from thestation.”
The building was demolished in December 2000 and the land and associated sidings have remained vacant since.
The plan says the provision of the car park would improve access to the station for commuters. Five disabled parking spaces would be provided at the entrance of the station and there would be provision for commuter drop off and taxi ranks.
There would be lighting – 17 lamp columns around the perimeter of the site – and CCTV cameras in the car park. Rotating CCTV cameras would be located at the entrance of the site and centrally to provide coverage of the whole site to provide security surveillance.
Building the car park is part of a plan to improve Uckfield town centre. Other proposals include improving the bus station and changing the High Street including reducing on-street parking and widening and resurfacing footways.
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