Uckfield Chamber of Commerce praises Wealden Line Campaign

UCKFIELD Chamber of Commerce welcomed movement towards re-opening the railway line south of Uckfield and proposals to extend it towards Tunbridge Wells.

Chamber president Peter Gale praised Brian Hart’s Wealden Line Campaign, featured in this month’s Rail magazine.

It contains an eight-page analysis of the Campaign’s Brighton Main Line 2 project – which would provide a direct link between Uckfield and Brighton via a new tunnel.

Transport correspondent Steve Broadbent suggests Network Rail, train operators and the Government should be taking BML2 more seriously.

The project could also provide room for future growth on the Tonbridge route by reintroducing main line services between London and Tunbridge Wells via Oxted.

Peter Gale said: “Our Chamber supports Brian Hart and his group. Better rail links could dramatically improve Uckfield transport facilities and thus the economic life of the town. And he pledged members’ continuing pressure for better station parking, adding: “It’s my ambition to see action next year and I will be very sad if something does not come of our efforts.”

Mr Gale spoke at a Chamber meeting held at the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park followed by a steam train journey. Members heard the Bluebell line extension to East Grinstead should open next year with rubbish being cleared from a landfill site en route.

Work costs £25,000 per day and is done in four week bursts with the final dig next March.