LETTER: Railway line route was rejected

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I write with reference to the letter From Captain M Brett in the Middy dated June 18.

Your reader details some interesting little known facts of history but his statement regarding the railway through Haywards Heath needs correcting.

A survey for the London to Brighton railway line drawn up in 1825 proposed the route of the line through Cuckfield, but local landowners objected and the line was built in 1841 through Haywards Heath. The Ouse Valley line through Lindfield, to which he refers, was not authorised until 1864 and construction was abandoned in 1867.

I would also like to bring to his attention that the Roman road also passes through Burgess Hill and its route is marked with pavement plaques across the town.

LauriePage

St Wilrids Road,

Burgess Hill

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