Category: Transport

Govia Thameslink Railway food bank pilot scheme collects over 800 meals for local charities

Donations at Bedford and Brighton stations meant that 822 meals were given to those in need, following a six-week community pilot scheme from Govia Thameslink Railway and UK charity, The Trussell Trust.

The Railway Food Collection is a partnership between Govia Thameslink Railway and local food banks. It aims to encourage the public and railway staff, to donate food and other essential items to vulnerable people in their local communities.

The pilot helped support The Black & Minority Ethnic Community Partnership (BMECP) Food Bank in Brighton & Hove and the Bedford Foodbank to increase the number of families in crisis that they can support

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Bedford Commuters Association welcomes Flitwick Station plans

The Bedford Commuters Association (BCA) has welcomed the announcement for plans to improve Flitwick Station’s forecourt, vehicle, cycle and pedestrian access.

Earlier this week, Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) announced that it had secured a £2.219 million grant for the development of an integrated transport hub at the Station.

The aim is to provide a more efficient way to link different modes of transport (bus, rail, car, cycling) together to encourage the transition away from driving to the station.

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Central Bedfordshire Council secures funding for integrated transport hub at Flitwick Rail Station

Central Bedfordshire Council has secured a £2.219 million grant for the development of an integrated transport hub at Flitwick Rail Station.

The project aims to provide a more efficient way to link different modes of transport (bus, rail, car, cycling) together to encourage the transition away of personal cars.

The council with its partners Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railways developed proposals that, the group said, will “radically improve” how the station functions

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Bedford’s Britannia Road works complete

The Transporting Bedford project on Britannia Road is now complete. The works were carried out to bring congestion easing measures to this well-known traffic hotspot in the town.

Britannia Road links two major roads in Bedford; Ampthill Road and Kempston Road, past Bedford Hospital South Wing.

This project has delivered a major change to the road layout. It has widened the road to create more space for traffic to flow, a new traffic light junction at King’s Place, and upgraded traffic lights along the length of the road to improve traffic flow.

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Train services to resume on Marston Vale Line

Rail services will resume on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley from next month, operator London Northwestern Railway (LNR) has announced today (29 July 2020).

The operator took the decision to suspend services at the end of March due to the impact of coronavirus on train crew availability, low passenger numbers and reliability issues with level crossings on the route. Rail replacement buses have been running since.

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Cranfield academic on Zero emission flights: “the question is not if we will do it but when”

Cranfield University is delighted to be playing its part in the Government’s ambition for sustainable aviation with Professor Iain Gray being appointed to the newly formed Jet Zero Council.

The Jet Zero Council is a joint initiative between the Department for Transport and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. It aims to bring together leading figures in industry, academia and government to drive forward sustainable aviation with the goal of having a transatlantic zero carbon flight within a generation.

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Latest wave of Thameslink stations treated with 30-day virus killer

Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern are treating their stations to the latest round of sanitisation that kills viruses for up to 30 days.

Parent company Govia Thameslink Railway has been using the viruscide at stations and on board its trains since May to supplement its already-enhanced cleaning regime.

The 30-day viruscide is part of a series of measures to keep passengers as safe as possible, which includes 100 extra cleaning staff at work and 21,600 touchpoint cleans in three months (7,200 a month) on stations and in staff areas.

The treatment is repeated every 21 days

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