Work on Uckfield’s new commuter car park is progressing fast.
The new car park - on the site of the former station building - will provide an extra 150 spaces.
Contractors for Network Rail are building the £1-million car park opposite the current station. It will provide convenient parking for commuters next to the railway station and free up more space in town centre car parks for visitors and shoppers.
Network Rail has been working closely with Wealden District, East Sussex County and Uckfield Town councils to improve parking availability in Uckfield and bought the land in August 2013.
Tim Robinson, Network Rail’s route managing director for Sussex, said: “There is an increasing demand for parking spaces at Uckfield station as growing numbers of people travel by train. A planning application will be submitted to Wealden District Council shortly and, if granted, we hope to open the car park in summer 2014.”
Charles Hendry MP, said: “I am delighted Network Rail has made such good progress with plans for this new station car park. It is becoming even more essential Uckfield has its own separate station car park for commuters. As development and demand for more homes continues, this line will face increasing demand from people travelling to work. It will bring real benefits to local businesses as people visiting the town will find it easier to park.
“It is a great New Year’s present for the people of Uckfield. It also shows what can be done when Network Rail, all the local political representatives and the business community work together to achieve such a positive result.”