Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby supports reopening rail link between Uckfield and Lewes.

YET another politician has pledged his support for the re-opening of rail link extending southwards from Uckfield to Lewes and the coast.

After Labour peer Lord Bassam’s unqualified support, expressed last month, now Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven has joined the debate.

He has written to Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, seeking a meeting to discuss the possible re-opening of the line and asked a Parliamentary Question on this matter recently.

He now wants to meet the Minister, to press the matter further.

Mr Kirby said: ‘The re-opening of this line would achieve so many local goals.

“It would firstly ease pressure on the congested Brighton to London commuter line. it would boost tourism and visitor numbers to the area and it would bring more jobs and economic opportunity.

I hope the Minister will see me, given his past support for this initiative, and we can work together in taking this matter forward.” In his letter he says he would be grateful to have a meeting at Mr Baker’s department to discuss the issue and hopes an appointment will be forthcoming. BML2 would link London with the coast main line.