Lewes transport hub - Increased parking would be a mistake

It is good news indeed that Network Rail has finally agreed to strengthen the road bridge at Lewes station, and a good time to consider an integrated transport hub for the town (‘Transport Hub Dream’, 6 September). However, doubling the number of parking spaces at Lewes station would be a mistake.

It would not free up parking spaces elsewhere – not least as station parking is already more expensive than nearby car parks.

Instead, there is a risk it would increase car traffic through the town to the station.

Much more sensible would be to take the opportunity to significantly increase cycle parking, as well as providing an interchange to bus services with free or discounted onward travel to those who had bought rail tickets.

Building more car parks was the urban planning solution of the 1970s – we really need to move beyond that way of thinking.

Richard Black