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The most significant breakthrough towards restoring mainline rail services in Sussex, Kent and Surrey has just been unveiled in the strategy set out by Transport for the South East (TfSE).

The Wealden Line Campaign’s chairman, Cllr Duncan Bennett said: “This truly is a game-changer because no longer is the reinstatement of ‘missing links’ down to county councils, but now the focus of an immensely powerful and far-reaching influential regional authority.”

TfSE is the Sub-national Transport Body for the whole of the South East of England and represents the most heavily-populated and critically congested region in the entire UK which is the primary driver of the economy bordering London. TfSE declares it “works across boundaries, thinks long term and advocates bold action in the interest of its communities.” Aware of the phenomenal challenges ahead in terms of sustaining economic growth, social well-being, employment, far better access and not least the environment, TfSE exudes confidence in putting forward a truly gallant and ambitious plan and says:-

“This plan presents a compelling case for action for investors, including government departments – notably the Treasury and Department for Transport (DfT) – as well as private sector investors. It is written for and on the behalf of the South East’s residents, communities, businesses and political representatives.”

To read the full article go to "The News" section

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May 2016 at London’s Canary Wharf and representatives from BML2 present their

Thameslink 2 Project which will advance the future of the new ‘Centre of the Capital’



Recognition of the widespread strategic importance and massive potential with BML2’s London Phase has been expressed in ‘MyLondon’.

Launched 12 years ago, BML2 was devised to answer numerous problems south of the Thames on the increasingly overcrowded and congested Brighton and Tonbridge main lines feeding into the capital. Separated into three phases – Sussex, Kent and London – the initial proposal for the latter was to reinstate services on the redundant railway from Selsdon near South Croydon, through to Lewisham, closed in the 1980s/90s under British Rail.

And now, in a newly-published article for MyLondon, based at Canary Wharf, Transport Correspondent Callum Marius rightfully extols the virtues of BML2’s Thameslink 2 and says - 'Forget more London Underground stations, what South London really needs is Thameslink 2 linking Croydon, Lewisham, Canary Wharf and Stratford'.

To read the full article go to "The News" section


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Out of steam and going nowhere

Out of steam and going nowhere.
With diesel supposedly being phased-out and continuing indecision on electrification –
what message are Boris Johnson’s Transport Minister Wendy Morton and Wealden MP Nusrat Ghani conveying?

Contrary to the announcement published in April’s Modern Railways – ‘Uckfield third rail is NR priority’ – upon which our recent website story was based in all good faith – Network Rail has been in touch to say – “unfortunately it’s not true.”

It appears that the journal was at the recent function at Eridge station in conversation with Southern Region’s MD John Halsall whereupon someone got their wires crossed because Network Rail tells us they are“not going to press ahead with electrifying the Uckfield line and we have no funding to do so.”  Quite apart from not having “the many millions to do the job”, the Government hasn’t approved it. Despite the disappointment this will cause, we were reassured to be told: “we still have an aspiration to electrify the route and our preference would be using the third rail.”

To read the full updated article go to "The News" section or the BML2 Wealden Line website


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Mend the Electrification Gap

Now’s the time to ‘Mend the Gap’ – and get back on track!

Network Rail is to press ahead with electrifying the Wealden Line as a top priority according to an important announcement by the Southern Region’s Managing Director, John Halsall.

Commencing at Hurst Green Junction (Oxted) in Surrey and passing through West Kent before terminating at Uckfield in East Sussex, the 25 mile-long Wealden Line will now be electrified on the 750vDC third rail system, thus making it entirely compatible with the rest of the Southern Region network.

To read the full article go to the BML2 Wealden Line website


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If you haven't yet read our actual submission to the GREAT BRITISH RAILWAYS TRANSITION TEAM,

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