Lords take up Uckfield station challenge

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LAND in Uckfield where a new railway station could be built should be transferred to the custody of Network Rail, Labour lords say.

In 2008 Network Rail produced serious and detailed plans for a large new station to serve a re-opened line to the coast.

Tabling a question in the House of Lords on Monday, Lord Berkeley asked transport secretary Justine Greening to demonstrate vision by transferring the strategic site as part of investment in national infrastructure to provide desperately-needed additional rail capacity between the Sussex coast and London.

The land is the currently overgrown site on the opposite side of New Town/High Street from the existing station.

Lewes LibDem MP and Coalition Transport Minister Norman Baker backs this proposal and has lobbied his counterpart at the DfT, Conservative rail minister Theresa Villiers.

Meanwhile, another City of Brighton MP, Mike Weatherley, joined the political push for a new main line in the south by writing to Justine Greening saying he’s ‘particularly interested’ in BML2 because he and his hard-pressed constituents here in the densely-populated South East want real solutions to the ‘slow and overcrowded Brighton main line.”