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[Sussex] Brighton Main Line 2 to be built?



fly high

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Aug 25, 2011
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Most of the line from Oxted to Uckfield is single track, very high viaduct has speed limit, land from Uckfield to Lewes is privately owned. Not very straightforward. Route from Eridge to T Wells has been built on. Pie in the sky me thinks. Hope so. Uckfield is a nice little town, don't want it completely destroyed.
 




Eeyore

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Apr 5, 2014
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The proposal creates another route from London to Lewes and Eastbourne. No new line to Brighton. I am well into my 80’s so not in my lifetime methinks. Would have thought that any rail investment would be prioritised for the north not the southeast.
I'm in my 50s and I do not anticipate ever travelling on such a line.
 














Beach Hut

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Jul 5, 2003
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Once trimmed back as too expensive like HS2 expect just the electrification of the Bluebell Railway
 




GT49er

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Feb 1, 2009
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Oh weell, that's curtains for the Lavendar Line and the Spa Valley Railway then! I'd have thught the obvious route morth of Eridge would be via Oxted (which needs electrificaton anyway), but hey, if they want to go to London via Tonbridge and Orpington, so be it. Good luck with re-opening the Tunbridge Wells West to TW Central single line tunnel to 90 mph trains!
 
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GT49er

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Once trimmed back as too expensive like HS2 expect just the electrification of the Bluebell Railway
Re-opening the Haywards Heath to Horsted Keynes section, and electrifying onwards to East Grinstead would be feasible. All heritage railway movements stopped for a couple of hours in the morning rush hour and a couple more in the evening, with just northbound fast(ish) electric trains in the morning and osuthbound in the evening - that could work well.
They could turn off the juice in the day time to make it safer for the volunteers and steam trains on the Bluebell.
 






Motogull

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Sep 16, 2005
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This is beginning to sound like a Johnson announcement now.

It never ceases to amaze me where you can't go by train in the SE. When I was in Leeds it felt as if you go anywhere in the UK from there, save the SE. Compare and contrast with Royal Tunbridge Wells - Hastings or London. Amazing.
 


maresfield seagull

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May 23, 2006
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Re-opening the Haywards Heath to Horsted Keynes section, and electrifying onwards to East Grinstead would be feasible. All heritage railway movements stopped for a couple of hours in the morning rush hour and a couple more in the evening, with just northbound fast(ish) electric trains in the morning and osuthbound in the evening - that could work well.
They could turn off the juice in the day time to make it safer for the volunteers and steam trains on the Bluebell.
Still goes through the East Croydump bottleneck
 


Herr Tubthumper

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Fantastic news if true. And will of course give BHA fans in Kent and the north east of Sussex direct access to Falmer.
“This will bring trains into Lewes from the west; that is facing east towards Newhaven/Seaford and Eastbourne.”

I’m glad they pointed out from the west, is towards the east.
 








GT49er

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Feb 1, 2009
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Still goes through the East Croydump bottleneck
Put in an east to north spur at Ford then, and route the trains north of Horsham through Leatherhead and Epsom rather than running them across through Crawley to Three Bridges then......
There are options to avoid E. Croydon from that direction.
 
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maresfield seagull

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May 23, 2006
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Oh weell, that's curtains fr the Lavendar Line and the Spa Valley Railway then! I'd have thught the obvious route morth of Eridge would be via Oxted (which needs electrificaton anyway), but hey, if they want to go to London via Tonbridge and Orpington, so be it. Good luck with re-opening the Tunbridge Wells West to TW Central single line tunnel to 90 mph trains!
Have a look at the Wealden Line Campaign page
plenty of info to be found on there 😉
 


PILTDOWN MAN

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Meanwhile my friend can get from Peterborough to London far quicker than someone can from Hastings by train and then there's the A21 ffs
 


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