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Design2158 What BML2 will do for

Kent and Tunbridge wells

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Important BML2 Information, Facts, Figures and News Reports

Tunnel vision over £3bn Bakerloo extension?

Elmers End


Elmers End: Should this remain a dead-end branch to Hayes?

Heading straight on (as it used to) this route must become a new main line from London’s business heartland at Canary Wharf running direct to Gatwick and the Sussex Coast as part of Thameslink 2.

Controversy surrounds the £3bn Bakerloo extension to Hayes in Kent. Boris Johnson calls it a “top priority” but thousands of Southeastern’s commuters could find their Charing Cross/Cannon Street trains replaced by tube services to Waterloo.


And ‘Brighton Main Line 2’ needs this valuable rail corridor between south Croydon and Lewisham to introduce ‘Thameslink 2’ for greater regional and cross-capital connections.


Suburban, or underground, lines running alongside a new main line can be accommodated.


A North London Borough already appreciates ‘Thameslink 2’, one observer even suggesting it would be “easier to deliver” than the Government’s controversial HS2 “– and with more tangible economic gains!”


Thameslink 2 would directly link Gatwick and Stansted airports through Canary Wharf and East London. In its formal response they say:


‘NEW REGIONAL NETWORK RAIL LINE – Promote the new Thameslink 2 ‘Stanwick’ regional line proposal that links Brighton and Gatwick with Stansted airport via Isle of Dogs (Canary Wharf) and the Lower Lea Valley.  This will provide higher capacity on the network and directly link the Canary Wharf metropolitan employment centre with the South-East region.’


With media already talking about a Thameslink ‘Blackfriars bottleneck’ – even BEFORE the Thameslink 2018 Programme is complete and operational – action on Thameslink 2 is essential.


Millions of southern rail-users are feeling aggrieved, exasperated, angry, ignored and simply taken for granted and wondering just where are the powerful voices in Parliament who will speak up for this region.


This enduring mess of a rail network needs to be sorted out and BML2, alongside Thameslink 2, should be getting the serious attention from Government it truly deserves.


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