BML2 is in the unique position of being capable of solving many of the serious problems facing the most over-crowded routes between London, Sussex, Surrey and Kent. It also offers other opportunities to enhance the network further and strengthen the capital’s position in Europe. The focus of growth in London is gravitating eastwards, whilst the city and its environs seem set to continue their key role in the financial, commercial and tourist sector.
What has now become the BML2 Project, was the brainwave of Brian Hart who has extensive knowledge and enormous enthusiasm of the national railways in the South East corner of the UK. He was also instrumental in starting the Wealden Line Campaign many years ago, in an endeavour to get the railway line rebuilt from Lewes to Uckfield. His determination to reconnect the vast swathe of people living in the Wealden/Mid Sussex/Kent areas directly by rail to the South Coast remains undiminished to this day.
With the new Amex football stadium at Falmer for Brighton & Hove Albion, vast numbers of football supporters will need to travel to the East of Brighton and the BML2, when built, would provide ideal public transport for those coming from the Oxted/Tunbridge Wells/Crowborough and Uckfield areas. It would also make life easier for Undergraduates to get to the two Universities from these areas, and avoid possible late arrival, caused by being compelled to use buses that can often get delayed by heavy road traffic.