Category: Transport

Bedford station hosts colossal community cake sale for homelessness charity

Thameslink staff, Bedford station businesses and the local community pooled their baking skills to fight homelessness on 14 December 2018 with a colossal cake and pastries sale at the station. Bedford station staff and the Bedford-to-St Albans Community Rail Partnership together raised £775 for NOAH, a Luton-based charity providing support for homeless and excluded people.

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Thameslink’s winter timetable to be introduced on Monday 10 December

Additional services on Thameslink Bedford – St Pancras Line
From 10 December, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will be adding 19 weekday services between Bedford and St Pancras (total in both directions). Of these, two are in the peaks; of the 17 off-peak services, five are night services (that is, they depart from or arrive at Bedford after midnight).

In addition, two trains will be lengthened from eight to 12 carriages.

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Campaigners want driving lessons to have more emphasis on the hazards of drink and drug driving

Campaigners want driving lessons to have more emphasis on the hazards of drink and drug driving

Campaigners are now calling for learner drivers to be better educated on the hazards of drink and drug driving – particularly among 16 to 19 year olds – and would like to see UK driving tests adapted to include a compulsory drugs and alcohol awareness section.

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Highways England gears up for winter

Highways England gears up for winter

Highways England’s team of 1,300 specially trained gritter drivers based across the country are geared up for winter, ready to keep drivers moving.

The company responsible for the country’s motorways and major A roads has over 500 salt spreading vehicles ready, around the clock, to help drivers get to their destinations safely.

To monitor the weather Highways England uses 245 anemometers to check wind speeds and has over 260 weather stations at locations across its network. The overhead warning signs are also used to advise motorists of severe weather.

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Work to improve accessibility at Bedford railway station

Network Rail begins work to improve accessibility at Bedford railway station

Network Rail is carrying out vital work to refurbish the lifts at Bedford railway station to give those with additional access needs a more reliable route to the platforms.

The work begins on Monday, 1 October and will be completed on Monday, 3 December. Due to the nature of the work, this means that there will be no step-free access to the station during this time.

Taxis may be used to replace part of the passenger’s journey, passengers can organise assistance through contacting their train operator.

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Govia Thameslink Railway invites season ticket holders to claim compensation for May’s disruption

Govia Thameslink Railway invites season ticket holders to claim compensation for May’s disruption

Qualifying season ticket holders should make their claim by 30 November 2018. Passengers who don’t hold season tickets will be able to make a claim later this year. In the meantime, passengers should visit railcompensation.thameslinkrailway.com which has useful information about the scheme including an online eligibility checker tool.

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Highways England says ‘Don’t be a Space Invader’

Tailgating causes one in eight of all road casualties
Highways England’s new safety campaign uses the well-known Space Invader video game character to alert drivers to the anti-social nature and risks of tailgating.

The ‘Don’t be a Space Invader – stay safe, stay back’ campaign is supported by one of the world’s best
drivers.

Former Formula 1 world champion and President of the Institute of Advanced Motorists RoadSmart, Nigel Mansell, said:

“Tailgating is a driving habit I utterly deplore. Not only is it aggressive and intimidating, but it can lead to a crash with a tragic outcome.

“There is absolutely no upside to it – you will not get to your destination faster, you are not a skilled driver for doing it, and you are putting so many innocent people at risk. So I very much back this campaign to highlight the dangers of tailgating.”

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