Changes to Marston Vale Line rail services due to train crew availability

The train operator says the changes are necessary due COVID-19 and the ongoing impact of ‘Test and Trace’ notifications causing trains to be cancelled at short notice.

The changes affect services between Northampton and London, and on the Abbey and Marston Vale lines

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.

Update from the Bedfordshire Police Community Team for Kempston Hardwick and Stewartby

Sergeant John Killick, PC Kerry Jones, PC Amanda Harvey, PCSO Chloe Dymock and PCSO James Dancer are the Bedfordshire Police local community team for Kempston Hardwick and Stewartby, amongst other areas.

The current community priority is vehicle crime and although the team is pleased to say that reports of late have been low, it wants to encourage residents to ensure that their vehicles are left locked and secure and all belongings are removed when unattended.

Eighteen years of changes to Marston Vale (2002 to 2020)

Using Google Earth it is easy to see how parts of Marston Vale have changed between 2002 and 2020.

Have your say on a new political map for Bedford Borough Council

New boundaries are being proposed for council wards in Bedford Borough Council.

The Local Government Boundary Commission wants to hear what residents and local organisations think about the proposals. An eight week consultation on the proposals will run until 05 July 2021.

London Northwestern Railway confirms return of train services to Marston Vale Line

London Northwestern Railway has today (6 April 2021) confirmed the return of train services to the Marston Vale Line from next week as national lockdown measures ease further.

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

Community policing in Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick

Sergeant John Killick works alongside PC Kerry Jones and PSCO Chloe Dymock as the local community officers for Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick.

In a message to residents he said the past 12 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be a huge challenge for all of us. It has affected us all individually and sadly so many people have lost their lives to this virus.

Kempston Hardwick News and information

Kempston Hardwick is a small village near Bedford, England. It has a railway station on the Marston Vale Line. An article in the Guardian in 2003 said that this was one of the least used stations in England.

Modern boundary changes made Kempston Hardwick part of the parish of Stewartby.

Kempston Hardwick is in Bedford Borough Council’s Elstow and Stewartby Ward.

MP: Nadine Dorries MP

Ward Councillor: Cllr Tim Hill

Nearest Doctors’ Surgery

Wootton Vale Healthy Living Centre
Fields Road
Wootton
Bedfordshire
MK43 9JJ

Telephone: 01234 762500

St John’s Street Surgery
16 St.John’s Street
Kempston
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK42 8EP

Telephone: 01234 851323

Nearest Dentist

Kempston Dental Practice
212 Bedford Road
Kempston
Bedford
MK42 8BL

Telephone: 01234 851192

UHP Dentalcare
176 Bedford Road
Kempston
Bedford
Beds
MK42 8BL

Telephone: 01234 405050

Nearest Pharmacy

Boots
Interchange Retail Park
Race Meadows Way
Kempston
Bedfordshire
MK42 7AZ

Telephone: 01234 210803

Opening times
Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm
Saturday 9am to 6pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm