The end of the line at Uckfield Railway Station

Uckfield to Lewes rail line is important – Minister

Senior Government Minister Danny Alexander has told the House of Commons that the Uckfield to Lewes rail line is “important”.

He made the comments this week when speaking about the national infrastructure plan and has raised hopes that the line could be reinstated.

Mr Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, was answering questions from MPs.

The MP for Saffron Walden (Essex) asked Mr Alexander to “say a little more on the prospects for improving the link to Stansted airport, which would help not only air passengers, but many commuters in my constituency”?

Mr Alexander replied: “As part of what we have announced today in the national infrastructure plan, we are also commissioning feasibility studies for improving surface access, by both road and rail, to Stansted and Heathrow, and that is alongside the money for the Gatwick railway station and the feasibility study we have commissioned on the rail link between London and Brighton, including the important Lewes to Uckfield line.

Network Rail is reviewing the case for re-opening the line. See story here

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