Platform extension works

Uckfield trains back from Monday as platform extension goes in

Updated on Sunday, February 21:

Good progress appears to have been made on extending the Uckfield railway station platform during the total closure of the line to Crowborough.

Network Rail have told UckfieldNews.com the works are on schedule.

Trains resume tomorrow (February 22) as reported below in our original story.

The photograph, taken this morning (February 21) shows the extent of the works.

For comparison purposes, we reproduce a photograph taken last year from a similar spot to the one above.

Before the platform extension works began

Before the platform extension works began

Our original story

Trains from Uckfield and Buxted resume on Monday (February 22) morning, train operator Southern has confirmed to UckfieldNews.com.

Paul Watson reports

Services from the two stations have been suspended since January 4 to allow for platform lengthening and repairs to the Crowborough tunnel.

For the coming week, a full timetable is scheduled to operate.

A peak-time only service will begin on February 29 when services on the whole line to Hurst Green will be suspended after the 8.34am departure from Uckfield has gone through.

The first down service from London Bridge will be the 4.08pm departure.

This work is scheduled to go on until March 24, the day before Good Friday.

Passengers can also expect weekend closures on the line with changes to last trains Monday to Thursday.

So far this year, rail replacement buses have taken Uckfield and Buxted passengers to Crowborough to catch the services to London Bridge.

The period of off-peak closures last year saw buses linking with the trains at Haywards Heath.

Platforms along the Uckfield line are being extended to accommodate longer ten-car trains.

Work at Uckfield is scheduled to continue through to next month while the work at Buxted has a projected April finish date.

The work on all the platforms along the line should be finished by July.

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