MP calls for new Lewes–Uckfield study

The Chancellor should use the opportunity the Budget presents to take forward the case to reopen the Lewes-Uckfield railway line. That’s the view of Lewes Lib Dem MP Norman Baker, who has lobbied the Treasury accordingly.

Norman says:It has become clearer than ever in recent weeks that there is a need for an alternative line from the Sussex Coast to London. A reopened Lewes-Uckfield line would provide exactly that, enabling through trains to run from Seaford and Newhaven via Uckfield, and also freeing up space on the Brighton main line for more Brighton trains. It would also strengthen the resilience of the railway which at the moment is very vulnerable to problems with either the Balcombe Tunnel or Balcombe Viaduct.

“I have been lobbying for this reopening for over 25 years and the case gets stronger with every passing year. The coalition government, thanks to the Lib Dems, has a good record on rail expansion. Taking Lewes-Uckfield forward would be the icing on the cake. I hope the Chancellor will heed my call in tomorrow’s Budget.”