Category: Ridgmont

COVID-19: Marston Vale line service to be suspended from next week

London Northwestern Railway will begin running to a new timetable from next week. This is part of the rail industry’s commitment to operate regular train services during the coronavirus outbreak.

With passenger numbers continuing to fall and increased numbers of rail staff self-isolating, the operator has announced further changes will come into effect on Monday 6 April.

The latest timetable has been designed to keep as many services running as possible if part of the network has to close due to the increased impact of COVID-19.

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Marston Vale Line: Service restored between Bedford and Bletchley but disruption continues

Passengers using the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley are being advised to check their journeys as a temporary timetable is now in operation while Network Rail continues to investigate faulty level crossings on the route.

Under the temporary timetable, which is in place until Saturday 21 March, trains are able to run the full length of the line between Bedford and Bletchley. However, while investigations are completed services will not call at Millbrook or Lidlington, with a replacement bus service in operation at these stations.

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Marston Vale Line: Disruption continues on Tuesday

Passengers using the Marston Vale Line are being warned to expect continued disruption to journeys on Tuesday (Mar 3) while Network Rail engineers examine level crossing malfunctions.

Following a series of faults at crossings between Ridgmont and Bedford, part of the line has remained closed to trains since last Thursday.

Replacement buses will again be in operation on Tuesday. It is expected trains will be able to run between Bletchley and Stewartby, with buses in operation between Stewartby and Bedford.

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Delays on Marston Vale Line as level crossing malfunctions

Passengers using the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley are being advised to leave extra time for their journeys on Friday (Feb 28) while engineers repair a faulty level crossing.

A shuttle train service will be in operation between Bletchley and Ridgmont but rail replacement buses will serve stations between Bedford and Ridgmont while Network Rail engineers fix the issue.

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London Northwestern Railway invites customers to help improve services

London Northwestern Railway passengers are being offered the chance to have their say on their train service by joining a series of dedicated online Customer Panels.

The establishment of the panel comes shortly after the operator unveiled its improvement plan – Putting Things Right – to get its service back on track after a period of poor performance in the second half of 2019.

The company is asking for passengers to share their views to help build on recent performance improvements.

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Have your say on changes to schools in the Woburn Sands area

Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has launched a public consultation on proposals to change schools in the Woburn Sands area.

This is part of the Schools for the Future programme and includes Husborne Crawley, Ridgmont and Woburn lower schools.

The programme is being carried out in stages and will eventually cover the whole of Central Bedfordshire. The Council claims that progress through these stages will be delivered in line with the needs of each community.

All the schools in the area have been working with CBC to develop a proposal that would move the schools to a primary/secondary system.

This, CBC claims, will mean that pupils will be able attend both primary and secondary school in their local area.

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