“When I first heard of the BML2 project, and reinstating the rail link between Lewes and Uckfield, I didn't take a lot of notice believing it was only of interest to a few railway enthusiasts. But the more I read the more interested I became – and I now believe it will be one of the most important political decisions to be made for Sussex in the next few years.” - Cllr Alan Robins, Labour’s Transport Spokesman, Brighton and Hove City Council
“Substantially increasing capacity into our cities remains the industry's greatest challenge. Brighton Main Line 2, by reconnecting Brighton with London as one seamless journey, has the potential to do this and is therefore a strong contender for serious investment because it would strengthen the existing overloaded network.” – Lord Adonis, House of Lords Shadow Minister for Infrastructure.
“Having secured support from many local councils and now the most important unitary authority on the Brighton Line, we hope London will similarly follow suit and open talks with us about how BML2 can solve many of the region’s transport conundrums.” - Brian Hart, BML2 Project Manager
“BML2 will also bring extra gains by way of tapping into new revenue markets across a wide sweep of Sussex, Kent and Surrey, as well as providing a realistic diversionary route, new destinations and opportunities for people everywhere." - Lord Bassam of Brighton
“The loss of Brighton's second main line via Uckfield and the direct London services it provided was a massive error of the 1960s. It needs to be reversed.” – Lord Adonis, House of Lords Shadow Minister for Infrastructure.
“It was a tragedy that this line was ever shut. It survived Beeching only to be closed by the County Council. Now it needs to be reopened.” – Lewes MP Norman Baker speaking in Parliament, June 2004