Railfuture’s “Bridge the gap” campaign to re-open the rail link between Lewes and Uckfield attracted widespread support at a well-attended event in Lewes Town Hall on Saturday.
Lewes Town Council is developing a Neighbourhood Plan and held a Town Hall Open Day for residents to contribute their ideas to shape the future of “Lewes for all”.
Transport is one of the plan’s topics, and restoration of the missing rail link north through Uckfield, Crowborough and Edenbridge to London, and even via Eridge to Tunbridge Wells, is seen by many residents and local businesses as vital for the town’s continued prosperity.
In order to make a business case however, another link will be necessary to enable through trains via Lewes between Brighton, Uckfield and beyond.
Railfuture explained its preferred option of a new ‘Lewes loop’ running east from the Kingston Road bridge, alongside the A27 and Cockshut watercourse, round the leisure centre and Sussex Downs College and into Lewes station. Open Day visitors to Railfuture’s stall overwhelmingly supported this proposal, despite some engineering and environmental challenges to be overcome.
Railfuture’s Roger Blake said: “We came away very encouraged by the strength of support for our approach. We will continue to work with the Town Council, and Lewes residents and businesses, to support their efforts to realise this ambition of a re-instated rail link.” Go to www.railfuture.org.uk/Uckfield+Lewes