Haywards Heath Rail Travel
Haywards Heath is a major commuter town on the Brighton Main Line. In fact, Haywards Heath owes its size and prosperity to Cuckfield not wanting the railway. Popular destinations are of course London, Brighton and Gatwick Airport.
According to ORR statistics, Haywards Heath saw an increase of 1.6% in entrances and exits in 2012/13 compared to the previous year and is the third busiest railway station in Sussex after Brighton and Gatwick. It is 12th in the South East. In terms of interchanges it is sixth busiest behind Barnham, Three Bridges and Lewes.
The station is served by Southern Railway and First Capital Connect. Network Rail will be turning the station car park into a multi-storey in the next few months and there are plans for the station quarter including a Waitrose supermarket.
The Bluebell Railway has plans to eventually restore the rail link to East Grinstead via Ardingly. East Grinstead claims to have seen a boost in tourism having been recently connected to the preservation line. Haywards Heath Town Council has included it in their recent draft of the Neighbourhood Plan.
In addition to peak time overcrowding on the line to London, commuters often suffer delays and cancellations due to engineering works and emergency closures, not least at Balcombe tunnel. However, prospects of a second Brighton Main Line (BML2) would help alleviate capacity demands and open up new opportunities.