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BML2 – wired for speed

BML2 – wired for speed

 

Wired for Speed - and reliability.

Will this be the future for BML2 as the rebuilding of the line is used as the first part of the Southern Region's conversion from third-rail electric?

 

 

A top-level conference this week in London asks ‘Has Third Rail had its Day?’ at which Network Rail’s Head of Electrification and Energy, Peter Dearman, will argue the case for the conversion of the entire Southern Region’s 750V DC third rail network to 25kV AC overhead line (OHL).

 

The case for conversion stems from “concern about the inherent capability of the third rail system to cope with projected increases in passenger and freight demand”. The advantages of OHL over third rail are “lower capital and operating costs, higher energy efficiency and the ability to support more intensive train services”.

 

Further large-scale third rail electrification is absolutely ruled out, whilst we understand Network Rail is already looking seriously at OHL for the Uckfield line, alongside conversion of the East Grinstead – Croydon route.

 

Today, the Uckfield branch, with its fixed fleet of diesel trains introduced in 2004, is experiencing severe overcrowding problems. The DfT bluntly refuses ordering any new diesel stock and says hard-pressed commuters will just have to wait until electrification schemes elsewhere in the UK might release second-hand diesels.

 

Recently, however, a number of knowledgeable individuals, some of whom work in the industry, are suggesting that BML2 could not only be the way forward, but actually provide a very useful and convenient first step towards the desired conversion of the south to OHL.

 

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City backs Brighton Main Line 2

City backs Brighton Main Line 2

 

Speaking exclusively to the Brighton Main Line 2 Project, Lord Bassam says he believes: “Labour’s successful addition of BML2 to the City Plan underlines the importance of ensuring good rail links to the South East’s most popular destination. This is one that works and could quickly get off the ground, injecting millions into Sussex and the South Coast.”


Conservative MP Simon Kirby (Brighton Kemptown) also greatly welcomes the city’s decision, declaring: “BML2 would provide a much-needed economic boost to the area and a much-needed alternative rail service for commuters, business and leisure travellers alike. This is an improvement that has long been awaited and it is time to make progress.”


Cllr Gill Mitchell told us: “The city needs to reduce pressure on the existing main line and expand rail capacity between Sussex and London. It would benefit the environment, the Amex Stadium and the city’s economy.”


And Labour’s Transport Spokesman Cllr Alan Robins says: “It will be one of the most important political decisions to be made for Sussex in the next few years.”


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Network Rail Sussex Route Plan reveals need for BML2

What does Network Rail’s new Business Plan really mean for the South?


The Brighton Main Line (BML) is the busiest and most congested route in the network. 51,000 commuters use it daily – projected to be 66,000 by 2022. Its infrastructure is wearing out faster than ever, but renewal is difficult for engineers with only two hours per night ‘working time’.


Eight severe constraints impede expansion and growth between Brighton and London – but potential solutions won’t be considered until after 2020.

 

Gatwick is demanding far better connections, whereas Network Rail wants new cross-London links and is predicting an 83% increase in demand to London Bridge.


The BML is full-up says Network Rail, whilst disruptions and delays will continue.


New and longer Thameslink trains in 2018 will fall victim to BML’s constraints, especially as Network Rail admits “there is no compliant diversionary route for the Brighton Line.”


The South needs Brighton Main Line 2 and Project Manager Brian Hart commented: “BML2 will happen – and we’ll wonder why we didn’t do it sooner.”


 

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McLoughlin denies sell-off a threat to Brighton Main Line 2

Grove Junction SoldLand (coloured yellow) including the trackbed seen in the diagram and on which the train is running to Sussex in the picture has now been sold.  

 

 

Strategic railway land at Tunbridge Wells needed for the Kent Phase of Brighton Main Line 2 has been sold by a charity – which was given the half-mile trackbed in 2001 for £1.


However, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, has told Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark: “The former railway formation has the protection provided by clause 11.1 of the Conveyance. Therefore, should there be a future decision to construct Brighton Main Line 2, the sale of this land would make it no less likely.”


Meanwhile in Sussex, a councillor has suggested £750k “at most” rather that the £3m - £4m for Uckfield station site.


However, British Rail was offered £650k on the open market twenty-five years ago – then viewed as “a minimum” whilst plans for a 100+ space commuter car park in 2006 were abandoned after Network Rail was quoted the multi-million pound sum.


BML2 Project Manager Brian Hart said: “Urgently-needed railway expansion and development for the public good is being frustrated by the Government”.  


 

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