Could the Uckfield to Lewes line be closer than we thought?

The BML2 proposals have cleared the first hurdle towards accessing Government funds for re-opening the Uckfield to Lewes railway line.

The line closed back in the late sixties and many locals say that re-opening it could reduce overcrowding on other lines.  Money has now been allocated by the Restoring Railways Funds and campaigners will the railways minister later this month.

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield said:

“Firstly, it will bring massive capacity across the southeast and will increase tourism, travel and make life generally easier for people to move across the southeast.”

Campaigner Brian Hart told Uckfield FM:

“I have had a letter from Maria Caulfield from the DFT to say they are inviting us to go forward with the next stage of the case for re-opening Lewes to Uckfield. 

“It is a joint approach from Sussex MP’s, Maria Caulfield, Huw Merryman, Tom Tugenthat and Lloyd Russell Moyle.

“It is all part of the government programme to open strategic railways.  It is not so much about capacity but about connectivity, with climate change and cars”

The BML2 website has more details click here

Brian Hart will be the guest of Tony Williams Wednesday morning at 1130 on Uckfield FM

Maria Caulfield MP will be the guest on Friday at 1030am