Rail passengers across Sussex are being urged to plan ahead as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ upgrade to the southern end of the Brighton Main Line was announced today by Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR).
The work in October 2018 and February 2019 is a key part of a £300m government-funded programme to tackle delay hotspots and boost the reliability of the railway in the south east, cutting delays and providing a better, more reliable rail service to the 300,000 passengers who travel on the Brighton Main Line each day.
From Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October 2018 and from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February 2019, no trains will run between Three Bridges and Brighton or between Three Bridges and Lewes.
The unprecedented access provided by these planned closures will allow Network Rail engineers to renew and upgrade a stretch of railway that is responsible for more delays to Southern and Thameslink passengers than any other.
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S T O P P R E S S 9 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8 : WSCC have GRANTED THE APPLICATION
A meeting of the Planning Committee to determine the application below will be held at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at County Hall, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1RQ
To consider and determine the following application:
WSCC/040/17/BA Temporary permission for exploration and appraisal comprising the flow testing and monitoring of the existing hydrocarbon lateral borehole along with site security fencing, the provision of an enclosed testing flare and site restoration. Lower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration Site, London Road, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6JH
Please click on the link to see the full Agenda.
At the Planning Meeting on Wednesday 29 November Balcombe Parish Council unanimously agreed to object to the Cuadrilla application to Flow Test the well at Lower Stumble.
Please click on the link below to see the final document submitted to West Sussex County Council :-
BPC Cuadrilla Objection Nov 2017
Cuadrilla have applied for planning permission to flow test the well they drilled in 2013. As a village, we voted in 2014 that we did not want them back here. So, as a statutory consultee, the Parish Council is preparing an objection to this application. We urge you to do the same if you do not want Cuadrilla to return. Objections have to be in to the West Sussex County Council (WSCC) by 30th November 2017. To respond online follow the link to the WSCC website. Once there, click ‘Online Representation Form’ which is at the top of the screen.
Herewith the Balcombe Parish Council response to the Mid Sussex District Plan – Main Modifications Consultation. Please click on the link:-
BPC Response District Plan Main Modifications Consultation Nov 17
THE TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING ACT 1990
COUNTY MATTER MINERAL APPLICATION
Application Number: WSCC/040/17/BA
Location: Lower Stumble Hydrocarbon Exploration Site, London Road, Balcombe, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6JH
Proposal: Temporary permission for exploration and appraisal comprising the flow testing and monitoring of the existing hydrocarbon lateral borehole along with site security fencing, the provision of an enclosed testing flare and site restoration
Applicant: Cuadrilla Resources Limited
Grid Reference: 531022 129238
To be determined by: 27 January 2018
Please click the following link to view this planning application online.
Should you wish to comment, please do so by 17 November 2017 with your observations.
Cuadrilla has prepared a new planning application which will be submitted to West Sussex County Council next week. The new application will cover the same scope of work as the previous planning permission (May 2014): to flow test the existing well, plugging the well with cement and fully restoring the site.
Please click on the link below to view the letter sent by Cuadrilla to Balcombe residents.
Cuadrilla Residents’ Letter Oct 17