Category: Ridgmont

London Northwestern Railway: “Wear a face covering out of respect for others”

London Northwestern Railway is asking passengers to keep wearing face coverings, unless exempt, from Monday (19 July) as COVID restrictions are eased.

The train company is also warning rail users to expect more short-notice cancellations as increasing numbers of staff are getting ‘pinged’ by the Test and Trace app.

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Rare medieval castle site in the Marston Vale “threatened by warehouse expansion”

Save Brogborough Ringwork claim the “amazing” views from a castle site will be impeded by the proposed increase in warehousing at Marston Gate under Central Bedfordshire’s Local Plan.

The campaigners say the modifications for proposed MM33 Marston Gate Expansion in do not go far enough, as it still involves warehousing at 18.5m high, running alongside the A507.

Impacting local Greensand Ridge walks, the Grade II* listed Segenhoe Manor, as well as overwhelming the ancient ringworks site.

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Unite launches hotline and campaign to get a ‘new deal’ for Amazon workers in Ridgmont

Unite, the largest trade union in the UK and Ireland, has opened a confidential whistle-blowing hotline for Amazon workers in Marston Gate, Ridgmont, Bedfordshire (LTN1 Milton Keynes Fulfilment Centre).

This is part of a national newspaper and digital Facebook advertising campaign to make Amazon workers aware that they can blow the whistle and expose poor treatment, free from reprisals, by calling 08000 141 461 or by visiting the Amazon Hotline.

In a statement, Amazon said it already offers employees excellent pay, excellent benefits and excellent opportunities for career growth, all while working in a safe, modern work environment.

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East West Rail launches new consultation for local rail links

The East West Railway Company (EWR Co) is encouraging people from towns and villages between Oxford, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge to take part in the next phase of public consultation.

It said the comments and ideas received will feed into the design, construction and operation of this rail scheme. Adding that it could provide people from communities across the area with new connections to family, friends, jobs, education and leisure activities

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Hundreds of Community Rail volunteers poised to play a key role in Midlands and East of England’s recovery

Members of a grassroots rail movement – including the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership – have continued to strive for communities in the Midlands and East of England towards a greener transport future, despite the pandemic.

Figures from Community Rail Network’s Community Rail in the Midlands and East briefing, sponsored by Rail Delivery Group, highlight that more than 8,000 volunteers give 37,000 hours annually to improve social inclusion and wellbeing, promote sustainable and healthy travel, and support economic development and tourism in their local area, valued at £3.1 million.

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Marston Vale new villages development brief consultation extension

The consultation deadline for the Marston Vale New Villages Development Brief has been extended until 31 March 2021 by O&H Land.

Since the consultation was launched on 24 February, more than 800 people have viewed the consultation materials at the Marston Valley website, including the Development Brief which sets out the vision for the development.

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Marston Vale Line passengers offered chance to quiz London Northwestern Railway bosses

Passengers who use London Northwestern Railway (LNR) services on the Marston Vale Line are being offered the chance to have their questions answered as part of a new online Q&A.

This is part of LNR’s commitment to keep its customers informed. Previously, it has held regular face-to-face sessions for passengers at stations across the network as part of its popular ‘Whistle Stop Tour’.

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Central Bedfordshire Council objects to removal of 28 BT payphones

Following the latest BT payphone consultation, Central Bedfordshire Council received 95 responses regarding BT’s proposals to remove 29 public payphones. BT had identified these payphones as unnecessary.

As part of the process the Council was required to undertake a public consultation and to inform BT of the results. The consultation ended on 6 November. It enabled residents to comment on whether they agreed or objected to the proposals.

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Central Bedfordshire Council has not extended its travellers High Court injunction

Central Bedfordshire Council has said that it has not extended the traveller injunction it gained in 2018. This injunction banned eleven named individuals from setting up unauthorised encampments anywhere in Central Bedfordshire for two years.

It also stopped any unauthorised encampments on specific parcels of land in Ridgmont, Husborne Crawley, Brogborough, Salford, Lidlington, Marston Moretaine and Lower Shelton.

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