Strong case for return of Lewes to Uckfield rail link

THE possible reopening of the Lewes-Uckfield railway line hit the headlines again this week after TV and radio interviewers reported that councils could pick up some of the costs.

BML2 campaign manager Brian Hart talked about the scheme on BBC South Today, BBC Radio Sussex and Uckfield FM on Tuesday.

The interest was sparked by comments from Lewes MP Norman Baker who told the Daily Telegraph: “It is clear that some lines were shut in the 1960s which should not have been shut. Re-opening lines helps local communities, gets people back onto trains which has economic and social benefits.”

Mr Baker told the Express: “I believe there has always been a strong case for re-opening Lewes-Uckfield. It will provide a much needed alternative route between the South Coast and London and I shall continue to argue for it as a local MP. The main Brighton to London line is currently operating to capacity and this line would provide a valuable alternative.

“Increasingly train travel appears to be a logical alternative to roads to local authorities and the recent Rural Reform Paper could be influencing their decision. I am also working hard to drive down costs at Network Rail which also makes re-opening these lines more achievable.”