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Lib Dems attempt to derail London & South East rail plan

Former electrified railway through Croydon

 

The former electrified railway through Croydon, closed in 1983, is a key component of BML2. (photo courtesy Mr. Feakins)   
‘We believe the work we have done has scuppered it, but it is still being taken seriously in the press.’Croydon Liberal Democrats

 

With help from Norman Baker MP, Croydon Liberal Democrats say they have scuppered BML2.

 

They report: 'Minister Norman Baker MP voiced opposition after visiting the area at the invitation of Croydon Lib Dems.’

 

BML2’s proposed junction to enable Brighton Main Line and Gatwick trains to reach East London – ‘have been condemned by Croydon Liberal Democrats and rejected by Lib Dem Transport Minister Norman Baker MP.’

 

They claim: ‘The new rail line from Brighton to Canary Wharf would tear through the quiet suburbs of Uckfield, South Croydon and Lloyd Park in an effort to bypass central Croydon’ and say it’s ‘a line to nowhere.’

 

Nowhere? – hardly an apt description of the UK’s premier financial and business location.
 
The Lib Dems describe BML2 as ‘pointless’ but many people think it has more going for it than the proposed Crossrail 2.

 

Instead they suggest more platforms at East Croydon and more flyovers north thereof.

 

But Network Rail says congested East Croydon will remain a major barrier to further growth.

 

Outgoing rail minister Simon Burns said: ‘I think that the threat of a major new rail junction in the South Croydon area in the foreseeable future is extremely remote.’

 

Nevertheless, as former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once famously remarked: “A week in politics is a long time”.

 

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DfT response shows HS2 WILL consume all other major rail funding

South London's wasting asset 

“Like all Government budgets, the rail budget is under great strain and can ill-afford to take on new major projects at this time.” – Department for Transport
Photo courtesy Disused stations

 

Alastair Darling seems proved right about “foolish” HS2.

 

About Brighton Main Line 2 the DfT says: “Whether or not a major infrastructure project has a good business case matters not if it is unaffordable. Like all Government budgets, the rail budget is under great strain and can ill-afford to take on new major projects at this time.”

 

Lord Mandelson warned HS2 would detract funding from vital projects – whilst even its advocate Lord Adonis said of BML2: “it is stark staring obvious that the second mainline to London is needed”

 

The DfT says: “Ministers have determined that the top priority for rail investment in forthcoming years is the High Speed 2 line north from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. It is barely conceivable that Government would venture to promote another major rail project in the near future, especially given the huge challenge there has been to both the value-for-money and environmental cases for HS2. There is no doubt that Brighton Main Line 2 would be subjected to similar challenge if the Government were to adopt and promote the idea and it is less easy to see how a business case as strong as the case for HS2 might be constructed to support the BML2 proposition.”

 

Whereas the Government ignores Camden residents and others along HS2’s route whose homes will be razed, the DfT says: “We have started to receive correspondence from people in the south Croydon and Selsdon areas beseeching Ministers not to entertain the notion that a new main line might be driven through the area.” However, BML2 merely reopens a South London railway, closed in 1983, and without demolition.

 

Outgoing LibDem Transport Minister Norman Baker, a keen supporter of HS2, recently said more tunnelling would mitigate HS2’s impact. Yet he strongly opposes BML2’s tunnel through his Sussex constituency outskirts so more trains serve Brighton: “It would be very, very expensive, it would also be very controversial – and the last thing we want is a controversial line” he told the BBC.

 

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Kent rejects rail network expansion

4-mile stretch but no longer part of national rail network

 

This 4-mile stretch – no longer part of the national rail network –

used to be the busy main line from Croydon/London Victoria,

as well as from Brighton, into Tunbridge Wells.

 

 

Brighton is backing Brighton Main Line 2 – the Conservatives say it’s a “golden opportunity” and Labour “BML2 will inject £millions into Sussex and the South Coast.”

 

Scotland is reopening miles of railway – and London, too.

 

Network Rail warns its Tonbridge mainline is “a major barrier to growth” – and London’s termini are full anyway.

 

But Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter won’t support BML2 – which would restore Tunbridge Wells’ second mainline to London with direct trains to Canary Wharf.  

 

And Stephen Gasche, KCC’s ‘Rail Planner’ says “We do not support the wholesale re-opening of closed railway lines and stations as proposed by BML2.”

 

Instead, KCC suggests commuters drive further to less-crowded lines and eventually wants suburban London rail-users to relinquish their services in favour of Kent.

 

New rail links in the congested South East are desperately needed for more trains to run.

 

But if Kent wants to remain a backwater, then so be it.

 

BML2’s proposed new train paths for Kent into London will be welcomed by Sussex and Surrey – especially by Gatwick Airport which is clamouring for more and faster trains into the capital’s business heartland.

 

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DfT says ‘adventurous’ Brighton Main Line 2 could be delayed

vast spare capacity

 

With neighbouring Brighton and Tonbridge main lines full to capacity,

this route with vast amounts of spare capacity needs urgent investment to create BML2.

 

 

As Government defends troublesome HS2, we learn the ordinary network will pay.

 

Having committed fifty billion pounds, the DfT says it cannot afford Brighton Main Line 2 because: “The Government has to concentrate the limited funds available on measures that will provide immediate crowding relief.”

 

It continues: “The more adventurous aspects of the BML2 project amount, in essence, to Crossrail 3, but without the benefits that the Crossrail 1 and 2 schemes bring because BML2 does not aspire to serve central London.”

 

But as a spokesman for London City Airport said last week – “everyone knows that London is moving to the East”. Evidently not the DfT.

 

London First wants improved Gatwick rail links. However, the airport is doomed – stymied by the East Croydon bottleneck – and with no spare train paths into London Victoria.

 

BML2 would allow non-stopping trains to bypass Croydon, serving Canary Wharf, Stratford International and Crossrail.

 

In obsessing with HS2, the Government has lost all sight of the growing crises south of the Thames.

 

Never mind the DfT saying – “That is not to say that it [Brighton Main Line 2] will never be built, rather that there are several major infrastructure projects that are likely to be above it in the priority list.”

 

Patrick McLoughlin should realize that if the South East doesn’t work, then London won’t work.

 

And if London doesn’t work, then the UK economy won’t work.

 

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