That is the Conclusion of the BML2 Project Group after detailed scrutiny of Network Rail's 202-page draft Sussex Study Document which has recently been released for consultation.
As the document is such heavy going and full of business jargon, we feel it is very unlikely to be read by the public, the media or Members of Parliament, so we are publishing our own 4-page analysis which forms the BML2 Project Group response under Network Rail's Consultation which closes on 13th January 2015.
BML2 Project Group's Response to Network Rail
Click to download your own copy of our 4-page Consultation Response to Network Rail.
A 6-page publication entitled "Why only BML2 can benefit Lewes" has been published by the BML2 Project Group and explains in layman's terms, why that scheme is the ONLY viable scheme on the table that would reconnect the railway from Uckfield directly to BOTH Brighton and Lewes with the least impact of noise and visual appearance within the South Downs National Park.
It is available as a 1.33Mb pdf download by clicking on this link
“When I first heard of the BML2 project, and reinstating the rail link between Lewes and Uckfield, I didn't take a lot of notice believing it was only of interest to a few railway enthusiasts. But the more I read the more interested I became – and I now believe it will be one of the most important political decisions to be made for Sussex in the next few years.” - Cllr Alan Robins, Labour’s Transport Spokesman, Brighton and Hove City Council
“Substantially increasing capacity into our cities remains the industry's greatest challenge. Brighton Main Line 2, by reconnecting Brighton with London as one seamless journey, has the potential to do this and is therefore a strong contender for serious investment because it would strengthen the existing overloaded network.” – Lord Adonis, House of Lords Shadow Minister for Infrastructure.