What route would a new railway line follow?

The existing London to Brighton line crosses the Balcombe Viaduct but where could a new line go without harming the countryside?

The existing London to Brighton line crosses the Balcombe Viaduct but where could a new line go without harming the countryside?

First published in News

Once again the matter of an alternative railway line to Brighton from London has been raised and quite rightly so.

Desirable and urgently received it may be, but over the past few years I have constantly asked through the medium of The Argus for an indication of a proposed route.

No response whatsoever that can be considered as practical or even desirable has appeared.

Allied to this is the preposterous suggestion that the Uckfield to Lewes Line, long since closed, might be re-opened.

Surely those who are able to respond to my requests for information for specific proposals for a possible route might like to put their views on record to at least show there are ways that can be seriously considered.

In talking blindly about the re-opening of the Uckfield to Lewes line seems to suggest that Lewes town centre might need to be demolished and rebuilt.

If this is not so, what are the alternatives?

Answers please.

Trevor Bolton, The Green

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5:10pm Thu 4 Sep 14

hammerfan says...

The proposed new route would join the Mid Sussex line at Hamsey and continue through Crowborough to East Croydon. Avoiding Balcombe viaduct. This would also remove the need for any changes outside of Lewes station.
There is an in-filled platform at Lewes. If this was re-opened and points installed it would be possible to transfer trains from the Mid Sussex to Brighton lines without 'shunts' being neccessary.
An additional advantage would mean non stop trains could carry football fans straight to and from Falmer station.
When one considers virtually the whole of the British mail line rail system was constructed in a decade between 1830 and 1840 it makes me envious of the enterprise and drive that must have existed at that time!
The proposed new route would join the Mid Sussex line at Hamsey and continue through Crowborough to East Croydon. Avoiding Balcombe viaduct. This would also remove the need for any changes outside of Lewes station. There is an in-filled platform at Lewes. If this was re-opened and points installed it would be possible to transfer trains from the Mid Sussex to Brighton lines without 'shunts' being neccessary. An additional advantage would mean non stop trains could carry football fans straight to and from Falmer station. When one considers virtually the whole of the British mail line rail system was constructed in a decade between 1830 and 1840 it makes me envious of the enterprise and drive that must have existed at that time! hammerfan
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Bt'n-breezy says...

What about an Argus competition for the best ideas?
What about an Argus competition for the best ideas? Bt'n-breezy
  • Score: -1

12:41am Fri 5 Sep 14

ghost bus driver says...

This Trevor Bolton bloke seems to continually ask the same question but never seems to listen to the reply, only to pop up again months later asking the same questions again.
This Trevor Bolton bloke seems to continually ask the same question but never seems to listen to the reply, only to pop up again months later asking the same questions again. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 1

1:17pm Sat 6 Sep 14

her professional says...

hammerfan wrote:
The proposed new route would join the Mid Sussex line at Hamsey and continue through Crowborough to East Croydon. Avoiding Balcombe viaduct. This would also remove the need for any changes outside of Lewes station.
There is an in-filled platform at Lewes. If this was re-opened and points installed it would be possible to transfer trains from the Mid Sussex to Brighton lines without 'shunts' being neccessary.
An additional advantage would mean non stop trains could carry football fans straight to and from Falmer station.
When one considers virtually the whole of the British mail line rail system was constructed in a decade between 1830 and 1840 it makes me envious of the enterprise and drive that must have existed at that time!
And the total lack of safety for the labourers doing all the work, hundreds getting killed and injured in the process. Unfettered capitalism, just what Farage is after so that his business mates can make a quick buck at our expense.
[quote][p][bold]hammerfan[/bold] wrote: The proposed new route would join the Mid Sussex line at Hamsey and continue through Crowborough to East Croydon. Avoiding Balcombe viaduct. This would also remove the need for any changes outside of Lewes station. There is an in-filled platform at Lewes. If this was re-opened and points installed it would be possible to transfer trains from the Mid Sussex to Brighton lines without 'shunts' being neccessary. An additional advantage would mean non stop trains could carry football fans straight to and from Falmer station. When one considers virtually the whole of the British mail line rail system was constructed in a decade between 1830 and 1840 it makes me envious of the enterprise and drive that must have existed at that time![/p][/quote]And the total lack of safety for the labourers doing all the work, hundreds getting killed and injured in the process. Unfettered capitalism, just what Farage is after so that his business mates can make a quick buck at our expense. her professional
  • Score: 0

10:54am Sun 7 Sep 14

Can this be says...

hammerfan wrote:
The proposed new route would join the Mid Sussex line at Hamsey and continue through Crowborough to East Croydon. Avoiding Balcombe viaduct. This would also remove the need for any changes outside of Lewes station.
There is an in-filled platform at Lewes. If this was re-opened and points installed it would be possible to transfer trains from the Mid Sussex to Brighton lines without 'shunts' being neccessary.
An additional advantage would mean non stop trains could carry football fans straight to and from Falmer station.
When one considers virtually the whole of the British mail line rail system was constructed in a decade between 1830 and 1840 it makes me envious of the enterprise and drive that must have existed at that time!
Could The Argus get this drawn out for us, because I do not understand.

(1) How do trains get from Hamsey to join up with Uckfield or Crowborough?
(2) How are "shunts" avoided at Lewes station? I presume that means the train has the ability to carry on in the same direction?
(3) Also I would assume that the now largely single-track line up from Uckfield/Crowborough would need to be reinstated as double track and electrified from its current diesel status?

It appears to have a lot of good points and as the article says it would correct John Prescott's mistake on trains getting to Falmer for the football stadium, but does it all add up?
[quote][p][bold]hammerfan[/bold] wrote: The proposed new route would join the Mid Sussex line at Hamsey and continue through Crowborough to East Croydon. Avoiding Balcombe viaduct. This would also remove the need for any changes outside of Lewes station. There is an in-filled platform at Lewes. If this was re-opened and points installed it would be possible to transfer trains from the Mid Sussex to Brighton lines without 'shunts' being neccessary. An additional advantage would mean non stop trains could carry football fans straight to and from Falmer station. When one considers virtually the whole of the British mail line rail system was constructed in a decade between 1830 and 1840 it makes me envious of the enterprise and drive that must have existed at that time![/p][/quote]Could The Argus get this drawn out for us, because I do not understand. (1) How do trains get from Hamsey to join up with Uckfield or Crowborough? (2) How are "shunts" avoided at Lewes station? I presume that means the train has the ability to carry on in the same direction? (3) Also I would assume that the now largely single-track line up from Uckfield/Crowborough would need to be reinstated as double track and electrified from its current diesel status? It appears to have a lot of good points and as the article says it would correct John Prescott's mistake on trains getting to Falmer for the football stadium, but does it all add up? Can this be
  • Score: 1
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