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Time for New Main Lines in the South

 

Overcrowded Southern Train

 

The new Government’s biggest challenge –
building BML2 for more trains into London.

 


The new Chancellor, Philip Hammond, must demonstrate the same interest as his predecessor George Osborne in building new main lines to solve the horrendous crisis on the London and South East network.

Theresa May has made a good move appointing Chris Grayling as Transport Secretary. In 2006 he told us: “I can understand your interest in the scheme and appreciate the potential benefits of opening up the line to the South Coast through Uckfield.”

 

The Uckfield line was one of the ‘top four’ the Conservatives were most interested in. Chris Grayling said a reopened Uckfield line: “– could act as a valuable relief line for the [Brighton] main line to the south coast from London.”

 

Other Transport Ministers such as Justine Greening and Teresa Villiers called it “a viable proposition” as well as “an issue of high importance”.

 

We hope Theresa May will now release Osborne’s Treasury-funded study into BML2. It is also an opportune moment for Mrs May to invite high-profile investors around the table. The private sector has repeatedly expressed its serious interest in investing in worthy infrastructure projects.

 

Also appointed is Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby, who takes a Ministerial position as Economic Secretary to the Treasury in Mrs May’s new Government.

 

Simon Kirby, a long-standing supporter of BML2. Following a meeting with the BML2 Team in 2012 he said: “As they know I am a supporter of their cause. They have made the argument that a second main line is the only realistic and cost effective means of overcoming the existing capacity problems that are clear to us all.”

 

He added that BML2 would ease pressure on the congested Brighton to London commuter line would boost tourism and visitor numbers to the area and would bring more jobs and economic opportunity.

 

The railway’s problems are profound and go way beyond solving the current industrial dispute. Investors must be invited to build these new main lines so more trains can operate and provide the much-needed capacity.

 

BML2 is one enormously valuable transport scheme which offers so much opportunity for growth and prosperity across London and the South East – it has to be grabbed with both hands – and without any further delay.

 

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Compelling Case for BML2 Expected in Autumn

 

Sussex Mainline Lost in 1969 

The main line Sussex lost in 1969 – now a compelling case.
Photo courtesy John Wenham


Brighton and Hove Conservative Group Leader, Councillor Geoffrey Theobald has expressed dismay at criticism from Labour and Liberal Democrats in East Sussex over a second Brighton to London mainline.

 

Lewes Lib Dems criticised their Conservative MP Maria Caulfield, who responded: “Once again the Lib Dems have got it wrong.”

 

She added: “As far as I am concerned there was no baton to pass on due to the lack of action by Norman Baker”.

 

Chancellor George Osborne promised the more extensive London & South Coast Study would include BML2. The report to be published this autumn is expected to be favourable.

 

Meanwhile, a Hastings Labour Councillor told East Sussex County Council cabinet that reinstating Lewes–Uckfield was “a piece of madness” and urged them not to be diverted by “mythical plans”.

 

Not unexpectedly, Cllr Daniels’ opposition found warm favour with the County Council’s Director of Communities, Economy and Transport, Rupert Clubb, who gladly reminded cabinet that the 2008 Study, steered by ESCC and which considered only Lewes to Uckfield, concluded it “did not offer value for money”.

 

In Brighton, the Conservative Group Leader said ex-MP Norman Baker did absolutely nothing when he was given the job of Lib Dem Transport Minister to champion BML2 – in fact, quite the opposite. By stark contrast, George Osborne has provided £100,000 funding for a study into BML2 which is due to report in the autumn.”

 

After claiming BML2 “bypassed Lewes” and it would “tunnel under the town with all the disruption that would cause” Norman Baker’s attempt to discredit it backfired, whilst Lewes Lib Dems later admit the claims were false.

 

Brighton’s Conservative Group Leader Cllr Theobald said: “I remain hopeful that BML2 will get the green light from the Government in the near future. George Osborne has consistently demonstrated his commitment to serious transport infrastructure projects in recent years. I think that he will be convinced by the economic case for BML2 which in my view, is compelling and was the main reason why it was included in our recent Greater Brighton devolution bid to Government.”  

 

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City unites over call to build new Sussex main line

Brighton Station Gateline

 

BML2 would bring about enormous economic benefits

to both Greater Brighton and Greater London

 


 

Brighton’s Conservative Group Leader Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, is calling for a second Brighton to London rail mainline – BML2 – to become a reality and wants it to be the centrepiece of the Greater Brighton devolution bid to Government.

 

Recently Chancellor George Osborne declared Sussex was: “– a part of the country so often ignored, or left behind under previous Governments.”

 

Cllr. Theobald explained: “All the areas such as Manchester and Birmingham which have been successful in their negotiations with Government for greater powers have had a bold and ambitious vision for their areas. By putting the very obvious case for a second direct rail line from Brighton to London at the forefront of our bid, I firmly believe that we can join these municipal powerhouses.”

 

He emphasised BML2 is as much about the economy as transport and should therefore be treated accordingly: “BML2 would bring about enormous economic benefits to both Greater Brighton and Greater London.”

 

Sussex MPs are equally determined to press the Government to get on with building BML2. Green MP Caroline Lucas said: “Brighton’s commuters are fed up. It’s abundantly clear that the Government should invest in Brighton Main Line 2. Not only would the new line ease congestion on the route to London but it would connect Brighton to towns in East Sussex, Kent and Surrey. I fully support the BML2 project and will continue to put pressure on the Government to turn this very positive vision into a reality.”

 

Labour leader of the City Council, Cllr Warren Morgan, said: “We all know that the BML needs an alternative, even Network Rail admit this. BML2 would open up more services to London with new destinations in Kent and beyond. It would significantly benefit Gatwick and ease the chronic overcrowding on the present service. If the Greater Brighton area is to truly prosper then BML2 is the key to unlocking that economic growth and we call on the Government to recognise this.”

 

Green Cllr Tom Druitt added: “Proposals to develop a second Brighton Mainline would be a huge boost to the local economy. The Brighton Main Line 2 project is an essential investment which will pay for itself many times over and is a critical element of a more sustainable development plan for the South East region.”

 

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SOUTH’S NEW MAIN LINE GATHERS PACE

Missing Link

 

A wasting asset closed in 1969 and just several miles in length –

the South’s most notorious ‘missing link’. 

 


 

Three developments have propelled BML2 forward.

 

Firstly, the Conservative’s intellectual Bow Group has published Reviving Britain’s Railways calling on Government to reverse 1960s rail closures and cites building Brighton Main Line 2.

 

Secondly, George Osborne has appointed Lord Adonis to head the Government’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). Two years ago Adonis proclaimed it was: “stark staring obvious that the second mainline to London is needed” – adding: “The loss of Brighton's second main line via Uckfield and the direct London services it provided was a massive error of the 1960s. It needs to be reversed. Brighton Main Line 2, by reconnecting Brighton with London as one seamless journey, has the potential to do this”.

 

Thirdly, the Government has appointed WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to ‘evaluate the strategic case for investment in existing and new rail capacity along this corridor.’

 

Last week the BML2 Project Group gave a 90-minute presentation to the consultants showing how the Government’s aspiration for ‘entirely new or largely new lines between the South Coast and London, including concepts such as BML2’ could be delivered.

 

Phases for Sussex, Kent and London comprise BML2, expanding the national rail network for more train services in the South East. Gatwick and Stansted airports would gain direct, faster and increased connections through Canary Wharf, Stratford International and Crossrail. Building such fundamental infrastructure will secure both airports’ prosperity – especially if Heathrow receives a third runway.

 

We have a rail network struggling to manage demand; public clamour for more train services and better journeys; a private sector keen to invest in infrastructure; and a Chancellor keen to get Britain building again.

 

There’s never been a better time to start building BML2.

 

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