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Shock as Labour manifesto backs BML2 rail scheme


Inside Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, reports on an election commitment which could scare off voters in London’s most marginal seat

Jeremy Corbyn this morning at the launch of  the timetable for the new Brighton mainline

When it was officially launched this morning the Labour Party election manifesto, much trailed through leaks last week, when formally published this morning, contained a nasty shock for Croydon voters.

Labour has promised that they “will build a new Brighton Main Line for the south-east”.

It is a half-sentence in a 128-page document, but it is open to multiple interpretations, not least that it is intended to revive the Brighton Main Line 2 scheme which would need to bulldoze through homes and businesses, parkland and even the much-admired tram network.

Like most other large infrastructure projects, BML2 has the potential to divide opinion. Previously backed by Gideon Osborne when he was Chancellor, Croydon voters…

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