Alongside the BML2 project team and with the support of many local MPs, including our local MP Maria Caulfield, have submitted the final bid to the Restoring Your Railways fund.
This programme funds 75% of costs of successful bids to help fund the reinstatement of rail lines closed during and after the Beeching cuts and our bid is to reinstate 7 miles of former railway line between Lewes and Uckfield, as part of a Brighton Mainline 2 project.
Brighton Mainline 2 would transform the movement of people and freight across Sussex and Kent, covering a population of approximately 705,626 people.
The area is currently poorly served by rail mainline access with either single track branch lines or lines in need of third rail electrification. As a result, many residents in Lewes are dependent on car usage to travel. With no motorway and little dual carriageway in the area, congestion, emissions, air pollution and delays are high. This project would significantly reduce car and HGV usage as part of the Governments’ net zero carbon emissions target.