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Nus Ghani Conservative MP Candidate for Wealden and Maria recently attended the rail network meeting together to discuss the proposed second Brighton Mainline scheme, BML2.
The scheme, which would see the reintroduction of the Lewes to Uckfield line, would increase rail capacity from the South East Coast to London by creating a direct route from Eastbourne to London via Uckfield. This would not only release train paths and increase capacity on current routes but it would also see improved direct links to London.
Brian Hart, Project Manager for BML2 said that "BM2L is uniquely placed to do this by transforming and renewing the Uckfield line’s former connections between the Sussex Coast and London. This is a project which secures the region’s future prosperity, whilst protecting its precious environment. We are therefore delighted the Government has asked Network Rail to fully consider BML2 in its forthcoming strategy for Sussex".
Maria welcomed the proposals and said “The BML 2 campaign is often viewed as just having benefits for residents in Brighton but in fact it will improve rail services for residents across the constituency with improved rail links for current stations such as Lewes, Seaford and Newhaven. This will bring in new investment and business opportunities.”
The project which has been campaigning for many years for a second mainline to serve Sussex is not just aiming to provide quicker journeys for existing rail users but also to provide an alternative route in and out of London so that when rail improvements have to be made or disruption occurs on the current line there is an alternative route for passengers.
Commenting on the meeting Nus said, “The meeting was an opportunity to hear about the much needed investment in long term rail infrastructure as both Maria and myself want to see investment in the Sussex lines that meet the needs of local commuters. I will continue the good work of Charles Hendry MP who has already delivered in Uckfield, with investment into the station and car park, and fight for greater transport investment.”
Both Maria and Nus will continue to apply pressure on Network rail and the Department for Transport as they feel Wealden and Lewes are currently poorly served by its rail network and more capacity into London is a must.
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