Ambitious plan to double deck car park and move Lewes Bus Station

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Lewes Town Councillor Stephen Catlin is sounding out opinion on creating a new transport hub in Lewes.

He has suggested ‘double-decking’ the car park at Lewes Railway Station and transferring the bus station to the site.

He has been in contact with Network Rail, which indicated the idea could be implemented during rebuilding of the road bridge which connects the railway station to the rest of Lewes. Cllr Catlin said: “Network Rail would also look at the possibility of making new entrance and exit routes to the car park from the new bridge.

“It would give Lewes the benefit of a transport interchange and increased parking space to serve the town centre.”

He said businesses on Station Street and School Hill might also benefit from the scheme, with increased footfall as shoppers were drawn away from the Cliffe Precinct area.

He added: “It would free up the central bus station site for redevelopment and tidy up the mess it currently portrays.”

Cllr Catlin hopes the idea might be developed but it would need support from Lewes District Council, the South Downs National Park Authority and the main bus companies.