A campaign to build a second main rail line between Brighton and London has launched this week.
The BML2 site, the brainchild of activist Brian Hart, says Thameslink should boost its service with new direct connections which avoided the need to stop at the bottleneck of East Croydon.
It proposes using the adjacent Uckfield line, increasing it from single to double track along its length and extending it southwards with a tunnel at Ashcombe.
It would also involve increasing the platform capacity at Brighton Station to 11.
The report says: “Even though it is constrained by the sea on one side and the South Downs National Park on the other, Brighton is destined to accommodate a further 11,000 homes in the South East Plan, thereby increasing the demand on its already limited rail services.
“Brighton is reliant on good rail connections, in range, quality, reliability and and frequency. With BML being the principal route in the south, it is essential that radical measures are taken to ensure that the City and the Sussex coast sub-region thrive in the 21st century.”
However, although the report outlining the plans runs to 44 pages, there is little thought given to funding the scheme.
The website concedes: “Funding for the scheme could come from many quarters, in partnerships, joint budgets and city institutions, etc., but these are considerations for the coming months.”
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