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I haven't avoided it (a) because you haven't asked it and (b) it's completely the wrong question to ask.
A far more pertinent one is - how much does Sussex and Kent have to pay to not have this option?
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I still need to be convinced that a route from London via Sutton, Leatherhead, Dorking, Horsham and Arundel with the only construction needed being the "missing" spur south of Arundel would be any less practical than the BML2 project. This route would avoid the bottleneck at Croydon. Perhaps those more knowledgable with Railway matters could help me?
As others have said, the closure of the Uckfield to Lewes line wasn't part of the Beeching cuts - it happened a few years later. I believe it was actually making a profit at the time. I can't think what possible advantage there was in closing an 8-mile stretch of track that linked up the local network and provided an alternative route to the Brighton mainline. Ridiculous decision.
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Another blow to Kirby (who is a passionate supporter of BML2) having had his wings clipped regarding his role in Brexit.
All developments like rail and road should be funded by the people who use them, no taxpayer money should be involved, then a proper business case would be needed.
I used to regularly commute from Coventry to London. The quickest train was 57 minutes (and then it took me forever at rush hour to get from Euston to Victoria)
Nobody in the area wants HS2. It's pointless. I've said for years the investment would be better in the South East. HS2 by the way has now been approved despite large opposition to it.