Government to analyse Uckfield man’s BML2 rail project

A government-appointed consultant will report on the feasibility of a second main Brighton rail line to London (BML2) through Uckfield,

The assessment is part of a wider study into the viability of investing in rail improvements along what is known as the London and South Coast Rail Corridor.


Wealden MP Nus Ghani talking to Brian Hart on a Southern service to Crowborough as part of a rail rally she organised

The BML2 project has been promoted by New Town resident Brian Hart.

Evaluation of strategic case

In August we reported that the project had caught the eye of Chancellor George Osborne and now the government has published the terms of reference for a consultant to evaluate the “strategic case for investment in existing and new rail capacity along the south coast rail corridor”.

The consultant will produce a report addressing questions in three main categories:

  • demand for services
  • proposals to address demand, and feasibility
  • priorities for investment in the short, medium and long-term

One of the proposals the consultant will consider are “proposed rail schemes advocated by stakeholders for entirely or largely new lines between the South Coast and London, including concepts such as ‘BML2’.”


A map taken from the BML2 website which shows the scope of the project

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