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Latest 2017 BML2 Project Publication

BML2 response to Gibb Report BML2 response to 2017 Gibb report

Our 10pp response to the Gibb Report is now available to download for viewing or printing.

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It is approx 2.5mb in landscape pdf format.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

To Download the Appraisal CLICK on above image

 

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.

 

To continue and read the full article CLICK HERE

 

 

Brighton Main Line 2 championed in Parliament

Brighton Train Line in dire trouble

 

“The main line from Brighton is in dire trouble.

It struggles and creaks through inadequate capacity.”

- Caroline Lucas MP 

 

The pressing need for Brighton Main Line 2 has been proclaimed in Parliament (9 Jan).

 

Green MP Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion) said: “We need more capacity, with a second line from Brighton to London.”

 

Conservative MP (Brighton Kemptown) Simon Kirby said commuters “have simply had enough” telling Parliament he’s backing Brighton Main Line 2 because – “It would provide a new line between Brighton and the capital avoiding the bottleneck that is Croydon.”

 

He added: “I received assurances from the previous Rail Minister that the Government were considering Brighton Main Line 2 as a potential solution.”

 

Caroline Lucas warned: “The main line from Brighton is in dire trouble. It struggles and creaks through inadequate capacity.”

 

Fearing the Government’s adherence to High Speed 2 – its “massively expensive vanity project” – she said “we do not want to wait for the crumbs from the table” adding “We need some real vision and commitment to get Brighton the second London line that we so desperately need. It is essential to have not only increased capacity, but a fast alternative route for passengers at times of disruption.”

 

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond confirmed: “The Department received a draft in December of the report [the London & South Coast Rail Study] which was carried out by Network Rail—and I expect to see a final version within the next couple of months.”

 

To continue and read the full article CLICK HERE

Sussex MP exposes a Government deficient of rail solutions

Sussex Overcrowding

 

The South desperately needs a larger rail network

for more trains to operate

 

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond has told Brighton MP Caroline Lucas that double deck trains are no substitute for HS2, or a solution to Brighton Line congestion.

 

Although Government is committed to spending £50bn increasing capacity north of London, it won’t invest in the south.

 

We agree with Network Rail’s Double Deck Study (2007). Converting the Brighton Line wouldn’t work.

 

Mr Hammond – whose Department’s aspiration is for no passengers standing for over 20 minutes – told Caroline Lucas “longer conventional trains” are needed. But this is papering over the cracks.

 

Three years ago Network Rail reported: “there is already peak-hour standing from Haywards Heath on existing 12-car trains”

 

Promises of ‘jam tomorrow’ with the new Thameslink trains won’t help either, because these will have “fewer seats and greater standing capacity compared to conventional rolling stock.” – Network Rail (2010).

 

The south needs a bigger rail network.

 

Network Rail says “the East Croydon area represents a major barrier to further growth” and want “a new route that does not involve the congested East Croydon corridor”

 

They suggest: “a scheme that removed Fast line services from the existing Brighton Main Line somewhere in the Croydon area would be the ultimate capacity generator”

 

Isn’t it about time the Government and the DfT took BML2 seriously?

 

To continue and read the full article CLICK HERE