Brighton & Hove City Council Conservative Group Leader Geoffrey Theobald has met with Transport Minister Claire Perry to “highlight the increasingly strong economic case” for Brighton Main Line (BML2), and “the fundamental problems of lack of capacity and lack of a quick and reliable alternative”.
The BML2 campaign group is seeking a second rail corridor from London to Brighton and neighbouring towns. Theobald said repeated closures of the Brighton line show “how desperately we need a second direct route between our city and the capital”.
He added: “It is baffling in the extreme that BML2 is barely even mentioned in Network Rail’s Route Study. Longer and more frequent trains are no help when the line is closed.
“There is no doubt that the current government understands the economic imperative for investing in new rail infrastructure, but unless the nettle is grasped over BML2, Brighton & Hove, and the whole of Sussex, is in danger of getting stuck in a siding.”