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Bedford railway station

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Bedford railway station formerly Bedford Midland Road is the larger of two railway stations in the town of Bedford in Bedfordshire, England It is on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras to the East Midlands and the terminus of the Marston Vale line from Bletchley through Bedford St Johns


  • 1 History
  • 2 Services
  • 3 Community Rail Partnership
  • 4 Facilities
  • 5 Future developments
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


The original station was built by the Midland Railway in 1859 on its line to the Great Northern at Hitchin It was on land known as "Freemen's Common" approximately 200 yards 180 m south of the current station on Ashburnham Road

The LNWR also had a station on its line between Bletchley and Cambridge The Midland crossed it on the level and there was a serious collision when an LNWR train passed a red signal Curiously, both drivers were named John Perkins Following this accident, the Midland built a flyover in 18851

The extension to St Pancras opened in 1868 The connection to Hitchin is long gone, but the line north of Bedford to Wigston Junction is still officially referred to as the Leicester to Hitchin line2 At this time the station was substantially altered, with the replacement of a level crossing by the Queen's Park overbridge In 1890 fast lines were added to the west to allow expresses to bypass the station

Serious damage occurred during World War II when a bomb destroyed the booking hall's glass ceiling The current station was built to replace it and was opened by Sir Peter Parker chairman of BR on 9 October 19783 The station was moved about 110 yards 100 m north, the slow lines were realigned to the west next to the 1890 fast lines, to which platforms were added

Although the intention was for what remained of the old awnings to be transferred to the Midland Railway at Butterley in Derbyshire it proved impossible to save them Nothing remains of the original station buildings

Services over the Marston Vale line to/from Bletchley were transferred here from the old LNWR St Johns station in May 1984 A new connection was laid from the Marston Vale branch up to the main line to permit this, which runs along the formation formerly used by the abandoned line to Hitchin closed to passenger traffic from 1 January 1962 and completely three years later The original St Johns station closed on 14 May 1984 with a replacement halt on the new chord opening the same day4 Bletchley trains henceforth used a bay platform numbered 1A on the eastern side of the station and still do currently summer 2016

The track layout around the station is set for significant changes as Network Rail aims to make operations easier and faster, in conjunction with electrification northward to Sheffield and westward to Bletchley and Oxford The majority of the work will be north of the station


The main entrance on 4 June 1962 The main entrance on 13 January 2007 from the car park

The station is served by three operators and managed by Thameslink

  • East Midlands Trains
  • London Midland
  • Thameslink

East Midlands Trains semi-fast services along the Midland Main Line between London St Pancras and Nottingham call at the station, as do London-Corby services These services mostly use Class 222 Meridian diesel-electric multiple units Morning and evening peaks see some Nottingham services extended to Lincoln via Newark Castle and Corby services extended to Melton Mowbray, plus some Derby and Sheffield services calling The weekend sees trains operating to York and in the summer months these extend to/from Scarborough5

Thameslink operates Thameslink route services to Brighton through St Albans and London St Pancras Services from the station also call at Luton Airport Parkway and Gatwick Airport Additional services start or terminate at Gatwick Airport or Three Bridges These services use Class 319, Class 377 or Class 700 electric multiple units Thameslink also runs a few services a day to Sutton on the Sutton Loop line, via both Wimbledon and Mitcham Junction6

London Midland operates local services to Bletchley via the Marston Vale Line using Class 150 Sprinter and Class 153 Super Sprinter diesel multiple units There is no Sunday service on this line7

Thameslink runs one train per day jointly service with Southeastern to Ashford International, using the Thameslink to Elephant & Castle and the Maidstone East Line from Bromley South

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Wellingborough East Midlands Trains Midland Main Line Luton
East Midlands Trains Midland Main Line Luton Airport Parkway
Terminus Thameslink Thameslink Flitwick
Bedford St Johns London Midland Marston Vale Line Mondays-Saturdays only Terminus
Disused railways
Terminus London, Midland and Scottish Railway Bedford to Hitchin Line Cardington Line and station closed
Turvey Line and station closed London, Midland and Scottish Railway Bedford to Northampton Line Terminus
Historical railways
Oakley Line open, station closed Midland Railway Midland Main Line Ampthill Line open, station closed

Community Rail Partnershipedit

In common with other stations on the Bedford to Bletchley Marston Vale line, Bedford station is covered by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership The Partnership aims to increase use of the Marston Vale line by getting local people involved with their local line


The main line and platform layout from the overbridge

The station has the following facilities:

  • 2 waiting rooms
  • Cafe/newsagent/bar and coffee bar
  • Telephones
  • Post box
  • ATM
  • FastTicket machine
  • Toilets
  • Car park with 614 spaces
  • Fully wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket barriers

The station is in the PlusBus scheme, where train and bus tickets can be bought together to save money

Future developmentsedit

Plans were being promoted by Network Rail and Bedford Borough Council for the redevelopment of the station quarter8

Platform 1A will be extended through the existing building to accommodate 12-car trains; presently it is only long enough to handle four-car trains and is a terminating bay9

Therefore, a new station building would be erected on the site of the former Victorian station, which was closed and bulldozed in 1978 when the current buildings opened This area is now a council pay-and-display car park with an empty retail unit An outline planning application for the work was submitted in April 2010, with the project complete by the end of 2011,9 and is under consideration by Beford Borough Council10 By the end of February 2011, the former retail outlet had been demolished and the site stands empty

The scheme would be part of an overall plan to regenerate Bedford town centre

The station will be the eastern terminus of the East West Rail Link, a plan to reopen the railway from Oxford and Aylesbury Vale Parkway, with possible extensions to Cambridge and East Anglia by the now-closed Varsity Line The scheme was given the go-ahead by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in his 2011 Autumn Statement by Chancellor George Osborne with £270 million committed, due for completion in 20171112

See alsoedit

  • Bedford St Johns railway station


  1. ^ Radford, B, 1983 Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London St Pancras & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  2. ^ Jacobs, G, Ed 2005 2Rev Railway Track Diagrams: Midlands and North West: Book 4 Chart 2,3 Bradford on Avon:TRACKmaps
  3. ^ Railway Magazine July 1979 p 267  Missing or empty |title= help
  4. ^ Station Name - Bedford St JohnsDisused Stations Site Record; Retrieved 23 August 2016
  5. ^ Table 53 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  6. ^ Table 52 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  7. ^ Table 64 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  8. ^ "Back to the future for railway station" Bedfordshire on Sunday Archived from the original on 21 May 2008 Retrieved 2008-03-12 
  9. ^ a b "Revealed:First Glimpse of New Station at Bedford" Press release Network Rail 16 March 2010 Archived from the original on 29 September 2011 Retrieved 2010-04-22 
  10. ^ "Documents associated with Planning Application10/00701/EIA" Archived from the original on 2012-08-05 Retrieved 2010-09-14 
  11. ^ East West Rail could be running by 2017 Accessed 14 December 2011
  12. ^ Steve Broadbent 14–28 December 2011 Nigel Harris, ed "Sudden "yes" for East-West link surprises campaigners" RAIL 685: 10–11 

External linksedit

  • Train times and station information for Bedford railway station from National Rail

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