10 May 2013
Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the decision by the Department for Transport to examine re-opening the Lewes to Uckfield railway line.
Richard Hebditch, Campaigns Director, Campaign for Better Transport said
"Campaign for Better Transport strongly supports reopening the Lewes to Uckfeild rail line. Doing so would make it easier to get into Brighton, reduce pressure on the area's roads and offer extra capacity for one of the busiest lines in the country."
"With rail booming and car use stagnant or falling across much of the country, we are calling on the Chancellor to use next month's Spending Review to reopen more strategic rail links, and not to spend money on counterproductive and unnecessary new road projects."
1. Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin has asked Network Rail to examine if re-opening the Lewes-Uckfield railway line will meet the demand for the future growth in rail travel.
2. Lewes to Uckfield was one of 10 priority reopening projects identified by Campaign for Better Transport in work to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beeching Report in March this year.
3. The Office of the Rail Regulator recently released figures showing growth in rail patronage, continuing an upward trend which began in the early 1990s. A number of studies have recently shown road traffic stable or declining. Most recent Quarterly statistics from the Department for Transport can be found on the DfT website. Further research examining the idea of 'Peak Car' can be found on the RAC Foundation website.