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Latest 2017 BML2 Project Publication

BML2 response to Gibb Report BML2 response to 2017 Gibb report

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Ministerial backing for Brighton Main Line 2


Tunbridge Wells West Station


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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Time to rebuild the South East’s rail network

Tonbridge Failure


The South east needs a larger and more resilient network.



The weather has wreaked havoc this winter, exposing the vulnerability of an inadequate system.


Shortly, Network Rail will publish its draft report on running more trains between Sussex and London. As overcrowding worsens, the Government’s response is reduced seating and more standing capacity on the Brighton Line. Not so the West Coast Main Line where £50billion is earmarked for HS2. With Sussex and Kent’s main arteries at full capacity, politicians must speak up.


We need a far more robust and comprehensive network as our new London & South Coast Appraisal explains. 


Network Rail and the DfT must look beyond piecemeal enhancements and consider London’s pressing need for new cross-Thames connections. BML2 can connect two of its three hub airports as one joint integrated operation with the capital’s global financial centre at Canary Wharf.


Stratford International would also be served, linking together counties on either side of the Thames divide, paving the way for Thameslink 2 and relieving the pressure forecast at Farringdon.


BML2 is not about speed or substituting HS2, but it’s just as important as the London & South Coast Appraisal shows.


Public tolerance has been tested to the extreme this winter, but the underlying problems facing the south’s network won’t subside with the floodwaters.


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London & South Coast Appraisal Published

London & South Coast Appraisal



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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Stand up for the Brighton Line

Siemens 700 EMU


Despite more standing room and fewer seats, the new

Thameslink trains will be just as hampered by the Brighton Line.
Photo: Siemens UK


The new Thameslink trains, entering service from 2016, will deliver significantly more capacity because higher numbers of people will be standing.


So much for the Department for Transport’s aspiration for passengers not having to stand for more than 20 minutes.


A Southern 12-car train currently has 810 seats and room for 608 standing. A new 12-car Thameslink train will have 666 seats, but space for 1,088 to stand.


Even so, no matter how good these new trains might be they will remain equally vulnerable to the perpetual problems afflicting the Brighton Line. It seems hardly a week goes by without ‘Major Disruption’ somewhere on the Sussex Route.  


In 2008 Network Rail rejected another main line into Brighton, saying “Such closures are thankfully rare”


The real challenge – ducked by successive Governments – is providing more track capacity in the South East.


Network Rail will soon deliver its report on more capacity between London and the Sussex Coast. If this does not include the immense benefits appertaining to BML2 then it will have failed millions in London and the South East.


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