An Uckfield Line late afternoon train edges into London Bridge station

Uckfield travel information: Disruption on trains, buses and roads

Uckfield Line passengers will again be affected by a strike involving conductor-members of the RMT Union.

The dispute, which has rumbled on since the spring, is due to see a strike on Friday (November 4) and Saturday (November 5).

The National Rail Journey Planner shows all services subject to alteration or cancellation.

Train operator Southern’s website shows train services from Uckfield on Friday at 8:04 and 8:34 (although the leaf fall timetable shows this train departs at 08:33) with trains back from London Bridge at 16:08 and 16:38.

Rail replacement buses

During the last strike, Southern operated more services, including a shuttle to Oxted, where travellers could catch trains from East Grinstead.

There is no indication, as yet, that these trains will run this time.

The company’s website is also showing a limited replacement bus service (peak hours only) linking Uckfield and Buxted with Haywards Heath and South Eastern services at Tunbridge Wells.

You will need to check before travelling.

A planned strike for today (November 3) was cancelled.

Lewes Bonfire

• There will be no trains serving Lewes on Bonfire Night. Services will stop from around noon on November 5. The suspension also includes the stations at Glynde, Falmer, London Road (Brighton), Moulsecoomb and Southease.

On the buses

• On Saturday, November 5,from 5pm until 2am the next morning, Lewes High Street and Malling Down at Lewes will be closed due to the annual Bonfire evening.

During these times, services  28/29/29B/N29, will need to use the following diversions.


Services will not be able to serve Lewes Prison, High Street, Waitrose, Phoenix Causeway, Tesco’s and Harwood’s Land Rover.

During these times services will need to divert via the A27 and Cuilfail Tunnel. Services will then need to turn right and serve the first stop in Malling Hill (The Spinneys). Services will then resume normal route towards Ringmer, Uckfield and Tunbridge Wells.


Services will not be able to serve Harwood’s Land Rover, Phoenix Causeway, Lewes Bus Station, High Street and Lewes Prison.

During these times services will use the A26 and passengers will need to use the bus stops in Malling Hill (The Spinneys) to head towards Brighton.

Services will then operate non-stop via the Cuilfail Tunnel (A26) and A27 to Kingston Ridge.

There will be no temporary bus stops near the tunnel.

Please note that this year only buses will be allowed on the A26 between Southerham Roundabout and Ear Wig Corner and buses may have to wait to be allowed through the road closure.

-information supplied by Brighton and Hove buses.


The A26 will be closed from Earwig Corner to the Southerham Roundabout from 5pm to 1am (November 5/6). A diversion will be in place.

The A27 will be open to through traffic only for the duration. No parking or waiting is allowed. Vehicles risk being towed if parked.

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