Lewes-Uckfield rail link

A study was carried out by Network Rail to try and establish a case for the reinstatement of the Lewes-Uckfield rail link. No formal consultation process on the study was carried out, but comments on the technical aspects of the study were invited until 19 September 2008.

The Central Rail Corridor Board received the final report of the Network Rail study in July which concluded that, although it is technically feasible, there is currently no economic case for rebuilding the Lewes-Uckfield rail line.

In October 2008 the Central Rail Corridor Board met to consider the comments made since publication of Network Rail's final report in July. No further work is proposed unless there are significant changes in government policy, and the Board has now disbanded.

Download documents

Available to download, below:

  • the full Network Rail study with appendices
  • the Central Rail Corridor Board's report on the study, including their decisions based on Network Rail's conclusions
  • funding options submitted by external consultants the Kilbride Group
  • the Central Rail Corridor Board's response to the funding options
  • external comments on the technical aspects of Nework Rail's study.

View the study in libraries

You can also view a copy of the study at:

  • Lewes library
  • Ringmer library
  • Uckfield library
  • Rotherfield library
  • Crowborough library
  • Polegate (mobile) library
  • Peacehaven library
  • Newhaven library
  • Seaford library

Contact us

Email: lurs@eastsussex.gov.uk

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Network Rail's executive summary of their study (14k)
A summary of the Network Rail study into the reinstatement of the Lewes-Uckfield rail link.
Central Rail Corridor Board Report - Lewes-Uckfield rail link (85k)
This report reflects the views, and makes decisions based on Network Rail’s Lewes-Uckfield railway line reinstatement study’s conclusions, by the Central Rail Corridor Board.
Network Rail's Lewes-Uckfield Railway Line Reinstatement Study (1180k)
Network Rail's final report into the reinstatement of the Lewes-Uckfield railway line.
Appendix 1 - General arrangement drawings (1482k)
An overview of the proposed route, using aerial photographs with overlaid information.
Appendix 2 - Aerial diagrams (1485k)
Aerial map/diagrams of Lewes, north of Lewes, Isfield and Uckfield.
Appendix 3 - Signalling diagrams (1009k)
Single and double track options.
Appendix 4 - Railway corridor options (19k)
Railway corridor diagrams.
Appendix 5 - Gradient diagram (975k)
Diagram showing gradients along the proposed route of the line.
Appendix 6 - Speed profiles (382k)
Potential speed profiles of trains running between Lewes-Uckfield and Uckfield-Lewes.
Appendix 7 - Scope of works (360k)
Scope of works required to reinstate the rail link.
Appendix 8 - Benefits, operating costs and business case assumptions (113k)
Benefits, operating costs and business case assumptions involved in reinstating the rail link.
Appendix 9 - Programme of works (207k)
Proposed schedule of works, showing tasks and timescales involved in the project to reinstate the rail link.
Appendix 10 - Public footpaths (586k)
Map showing public footpaths, byways and bridleways along the route.
Appendix 11 - Policy on level crossings (44k)
Office of Rail Regulations policy on level crossings.
Appendix 12 - References (15k)
List of references to publications used in producing the report.
Lewes-Uckfield rail link reinstatement - information pack (December 2007) (906k)
Details of the work being carried out by the County Council and its partners on the reinstatement of the Lewes-Uckfield rail link.
Lewes-Uckfield rail reinstatement funding options (42k)
Report by external consultants the Kilbride Group (2 pages)
Central Rail Corridor Board’s response to Kilbride Group' s funding options (8k)
2 pages
Comments on Network Rail's Lewes-Uckfield railway line reinstatement study (167k)
External comments on the technical aspects of the study (19 pages).