Bring back Lewes loop

Slightly to the north-west of Lewes, near the village of Hamsey, there remains a track-bed curving off in a clockwise loop as it heads towards Isfield (The Lavender Line) station, and thereafter to Uckfield.

This track-bed long since abandoned could be reinstated at not an enormous cost.

This would give access to both Victoria and/or London Bridge, London, stations. This would take the pressure off the trains from the south coast towns travelling up to Victoria station via Haywards Heath.

There has been a lot of talk about this possibility over many years, but the people who discuss it most are the ones least able to do anything about it.

After a few articles appear in the press, the matter gets ‘kicked into the long grass’ and shortly afterwards forgotten about.

The restoration of the track-bed of the old branch line up to Newick and on to Sheffield Park is now totally impracticable due to a housing development on the former railway site at Newick.

The re-instatement of the line between Lewes and Uckfield would be of great benefit to south coast communities and would go a long way to alleviating the need for train passengers to stand for the whole journey to or from London at rush hours.

GEOFF AMBRIDGE,

Northern Avenue,

Polegate.