Bedford Borough Council launches Rail Investment Strategy

Bedford Borough Council has launched a Rail Investment Strategy, setting out priorities for railway services for the Borough.

The Council’s vision is for Bedford Borough to be a great place to live, work and visit. To do this, the Borough needs to attract international business and highly skilled and sustainable jobs.

The Council says that rail services are a key part of supporting economic growth and prosperity and to improve life choices for people living here as the population grows.

The priorities of the Rail Investment Strategy focus around new and better connectivity and new and better stations.

Get active in Bedford Borough this year

Booking is now open for Bedford Borough’s Active Adults courses. Opening the door for everyone to try a new sport or get back into a sport they used to love.

Sports on offer include badminton, tennis, golf, indoor bowls, yoga, pilates, and football. Martial arts, clubbercise and dance are also available.

The courses all start week commencing 27 January, and will last eight weeks.

‘Get quacking’ – with less than a month to go

About 5.4 million taxpayers have less than a month to complete their Self Assessment tax returns before the 31 January deadline.

More than 11 million 2018 to 2019 tax returns are due back with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by the end of January. Around 54% of taxpayers have already filed their returns with more than 5.6 million of those completed online (89% of the total returns filed).

Compensation for London Northwestern Railway season ticket holders in 2020

West Midlands Trains (WMT) has announced a discount on season tickets that more than covers the annual 2.8% increase.

Season ticket holders, on West Midlands Railway (WMR) and London Northwestern Railway (LNR) services, will not have to pay the upcoming national fares rise. A spokesperson said that all LNR routes are affected, including Bedford-Bletchley.

Following a drop in train performance since May, WMT pledged to compensate passengers. This measure will take the form of a 3% reduction in the cost of weekly, monthly and annual season tickets, offsetting the upcoming national fares rise on Thursday 2 January 2020.

A greener Christmas is the best present for the environment

Tips and information to encourage people to minimise waste this Christmas

The festive period is a hotbed for food and packaging waste. Recycling charity, WRAP reports that each year UK households throw away enough gravy to accompany Christmas dinner for the whole country and last Christmas we consumed enough card packaging to cover Big Ben nearly 260,000 times.

The Christmas foods most thrown away in UK homes each year are potatoes (710,000 tonnes), poultry (100,000 tonnes), carrots (96,000 tonnes), and gravy.

Reg, Bedfordshire’s Road Safety Rat urges motorists not to drink-drive this Christmas

Protecting Bedfordshire’s road users is the remit of Reg, a Road Safety Rat introduced by Bedfordshire’s Road Safety Partnership.

The road safety rat mascot has been created by agencies who make up the Bedfordshire Road Safety Partnership (BRSP). Including Bedfordshire Police and the tri-force Joint Protective Services, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Highways England, the Road Victims Trust as well as all three of the county’s local authorities: Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council.

Reg’s very first job to support multi-agency awareness campaigns advising motorists against drink and drug driving over the festive season

Ho Ho Ho! Santa goes ‘Grotto Style’ on the Marston Vale Line

The popular Santa Special switched tracks to Lidlington on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley on Saturday 14th December.

Lidlington Church Hall was transformed into a winter wonderland for the occasion, with Santa & his elves hard at work taking Christmas requests from all the children. A special Christmas gift was given to each child visiting the Grotto.

Families were kept entertained whilst waiting to see Santa by a face painter, balloon modeler, model railway layouts (including a ‘have a go’ Playmobil Twins set & another from Milton Keynes Model Railway Society), stalls and live music from special guests Chasing Deer.

Children also had the opportunity to try a range of Festive Crafts. A variety of refreshments were on sale, including the renowned Bedfordshire Clanger, courtesy of Gunn’s Bakery.

‘Santa’s Special’ Grotto was arranged by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership in association with the Bedford – St Albans City Community Rail Partnership. Entry to the Grotto was free; a small charge was made for Festive Crafts.

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