Uckfield Railway Line Parishes Committee

The Uckfield Railway Line Parishes Committee held on 12th September 2018 and their report was presented to the Environment and Leisure committee of Uckfield Town Council by their chairman Cllr. Ian Smith

The report said:

The Chairman had been in email contact with the GTR member of staff assigned to the Uckfield Line as requested by the Committee to seek answers to concerns such as late-running services turning at Crowborough rather than continuing to Uckfield, poor connections at East Croydon for those wishing to reach London Victoria, the need to reinstate in the timetable the 19.07hrs shuttle between Oxted and Uckfield, and the insufficient free time allowed for drivers picking up people from the train at Crowborough station. At that date there had been no reply.

The meeting was fortunate to have in attendance Councillor Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex Council and non-voting Board member on the recently-introduced Transport for South East (TfSE) organisation where he represented District and Borough Councils. TfSE is a Department for Transported-supported body that will in time become a Statutory Authority. TfSE is charged with producing a transport strategy based on economic activity and connectivity. It will not be considering improvement in the current provision but will be preparing the future infrastructure improvements such as BML2.  Garry Wall said the Parishes Committee should continue to put its case for Line improvements and reinstatement to District and County Councils together with local MPs.