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Network Rail To Oversee Lewes-Uckfield Study - 5156/9291
Written by Lee on Friday, 4th January 2008
Network Rail will oversee a study into the possible reopening of a disused railway line in East Sussex, the county council has said (link below.)
The organisation has agreed to manage a feasibility study into the Uckfield to Lewes route.
It was due to start in September but East Sussex council said negotiations had pushed the process back.
East Sussex County councillor Rupert Simmons said: "This study will identify, once and for all, whether there is a case for reopening the Lewes-Uckfield line."
"Network Rail has a proven track record of managing similar studies at a variety of locations nationwide, and is better placed then anyone else to undertake this type of work."
He added: "We have come a long way from the idea of reconnecting this line being a mere aspiration to one of a distinct possibility."
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The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.
We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.
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