As anger mounts over poor services on the overcrowded Brighton mainline, the Government is refusing to release any details of an interim report into the feasibility of a second line from the capital to the coast.
The Network Rail study was originally confined to whether the Lewes to Uckfield line could be reopened, but was widened to look at how this could form part of a second line from London to Brighton in August when the Government boosted its funding.
Rail minister Claire Perry has answered parliamentary questions by both Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and Hove MP Peter Kyle by saying an interim report has now been completed – but details will not be released until the full report is published in “early 2016”.
Ms Lucas said: “The minister answered my question by saying she is keeping the interim findings of the BML2 study secret. This is unacceptable.
“Ministers might try and argue that things are at an early stage but that does not wash – the notion of the need for a study into this rail corridor has been around for a very long time, and the timeframe of ‘early 2016’ is far too vague.
“Last week, there was an angry meeting of MPs with ministers and rail bosses, because we still face chaos on the Brighton mainline with cancellations and severe delays, bringing chaos and major inconvenience to the thousands of people who daily rely upon this essential line.
“To expand the capacity between Brighton and Hove and London, we have got to have investment in BML2 as a permanent, long-term solution. Ministers are being cagey and vague over their long overdue BML2 study when what we want is transparency, commitment and action.”
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