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Design2158 What BML2 will do for

Kent and Tunbridge wells

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Department for Transport and Network Rail are crippling the South

Department for Transport and Network Rail are crippling the South


Trains are more popular than ever but the region cannot cope without an expanded system.


The Government claims HS2 (and now HS3) are vital for growth, but won’t sort out the south’s blockades.


Recently the DfT told Edenbridge Council: “Large-scale investment in alternative routes in the outer area of the Brighton Main Line would likely be of very limited value in the short to medium-term – this finding is applicable to the re-instatement of the Lewes-Uckfield line.”


One angry councillor accused them of persistently ignoring the south’s longstanding problems, saying: “this has been going on for well over 25 years”.


Network Rail said: “We have asked for the trackbed of the route to be protected as we agree the route will be needed in future. However, there are more pressing needs on the Brighton Main Line, because the capacity squeeze is more acute at the London end of the route. Were we to create space for more trains at the coastal end of the line now, we would just be pouring more water into a blocked sink.”


In fact, the BML is one ‘blocked sink’ all the way to Brighton.


An equally exasperated Uckfield commuter asked the DfT why Network Rail: “offers no forward strategic planning in respect of the continuing growing use of the rail network in the South East”.


He added: “Sussex remains particularly poorly served with effectively only one coastal commuter line to London running through it – the BML – to which everyone railheads. The Uckfield line strategically has no function in its present truncated form beyond serving local towns.  It is chronically underused in terms of train paths”


Restoring Brighton’s second main line via Uckfield is needed and he added: “for want of just a few miles of track” the vast conurbations of Tunbridge Wells and Brighton could also be connected, benefiting millions – a view recently voiced by Cabinet Minister and Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark.


The DfT responded: “The Department agrees with your view that the findings of the [forthcoming south coast] report need to be considered in the wider regional context”


The south’s inadequate rail network has a negative impact on its economy. Political pressure is needed at the highest level.



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