Ministerial backing for Brighton Main Line 2
Published on Monday, 24 March 2014 07:04
The magnificent and spacious Tunbridge Wells station built by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Company whose main lines connected the Royal Borough to both London and Brighton. But it was systematically run-down in the 1960s and eventually closed by British Rail in 1985. As part of BML2 it would be reopened as a premier commuter station with direct trains to Canary Wharf, the City and Brighton and bring about the regeneration of the nearby Pantiles area of Tunbridge Wells.
Minister of State for Cabinet Office (Cities and Constitution) and Tunbridge Wells MP is backing BML2.
His office says: ‘Greg Clark is a strong supporter of the BML2 campaign’ adding: ‘He has recently written to the Rail Minister, Stephen Hammond, to highlight the benefits that a link from Tunbridge Wells to Brighton Main Line 2 would bring to his constituents.’
Greg Clark said: ‘The transport network in my constituency is already severely overcrowded so a new link from Tunbridge Wells to Brighton, Eastbourne and London would be a great boon.’
He explained: ‘The Rail Minister has asked Network Rail to carry out a review on how to increase rail capacity between London and the Sussex coast so I wanted to ensure that he was made aware of the considerable benefits this proposal would have for local rail passengers.’
As Minister for Cities, Greg Clark was in Brighton recently where he signed off the ‘Greater Brighton City Deal’ expected to attract £170m of investment and 8,500 new jobs. He said: ‘It can help turn Brighton into one of the most prosperous cities in the UK.’
Greg’s support will be warmly received by Brighton & Hove City Council which last year gave wholehearted support for BML2.
In another significant move his office told us: ‘Greg has also asked the Leader of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to support the BML2 scheme in their forthcoming Transport Strategy.’
Cheer will be felt across the region by those wanting an integrated rail network once more. Uckfield’s Mayor, Cllr Ian Smith, said: ‘This is a tremendous boost for all of us here in East Sussex. For us it is just as vital as BML2’s direct link into the City of Brighton.’
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London & South Coast Appraisal Published
Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:00
After many months of thorough analysis, the BML2 Project Group has produced its own appraisal into how more capacity, network expansion and boosting the regional economy can be achieved. It points the way forward to a phased investment programme which will provide a far more robust and comprehensive rail system.
We believe work should start straightaway, not in fifteen years’ time when Network Rail hopes to mitigate its East Croydon bottleneck headache. Equally, the Department for Transport needs to look beyond piecemeal enhancements and appreciate the bigger picture. This involves London’s pressing need for cross-connections east of the capital.
Two of London’s critical feeders, Sussex’s Brighton Line and Kent’s Tonbridge Line are already at capacity says Network Rail, which admitted there is insufficient track capacity to operate any more trains. The BML2 project can solve two problems at once, but it will probably need friends in high places and powerful political hitters to guide it through.
As the document makes clear, BML2 is not about speed or attempting to rival or substitute HS2; however, it’s just as important. It is about realistically addressing the alarming capacity crisis on a very congested rail system feeding into London from the Home Counties.
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