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Tunbridge Wells land sale worries Brighton rail supporters

Campaigners hoping for a new rail line between Tunbridge Wells and Brighton are fighting to protect a plot of land crucial to the scheme.

The land, south of the current Tunbridge Wells station, was formerly a branch line and is now for sale.

Supporters of the scheme said the land would be crucial to connect the Kent town to other rail lines.

The current owners of the land said it could not be sold without government permission.

Rail Pathways Limited said the Secretary of State for Transport would need to approve any sale that would prevent the line being reopened.

Brian Hart, from the Brighton Main Line 2 project, which campaigns for the new line said: "We need a more robust network because lines in the south east are full up."

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