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Smart card travel is now available from Bedford Train Station

Passengers using Thameslink at Bedford Station can now pick up a free, reusable Key Smartcard directly from a kiosk.

It takes two minutes, instead of having to apply online and wait five days for a card to arrive in the post.

As soon as a passenger has a card, they can buy and load tickets onto it from a nearby ticket machine, then tap in and go.

Thameslink says that Key Smartcards save passengers time and are more secure and robust than paper tickets. Adding, that they can also automatically identify and generate compensation claims for delays.

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East West Rail is coming to and through Bedford

It has been announced that East West Rail will be stopping at Bedford Midland station. This will connect the town directly to Cambridge and Oxford.

This ‘Central Section’ builds on the ‘Western Section’, connecting Oxford and Bicester with services through to Bedford.

Bedford Borough Council (BBC) said that this confirmation is excellent news for Bedford residents. It added thsat the increased connectivity will bring more opportunities to travel for work and leisure, as well as supporting economic growth and prosperity, attracting businesses and jobs.

BBC added that recent modelling in its Rail Strategy says that East West Rail is forecast to bring over £20million of additional economic activity to the Borough.

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Temporary reduced car parking at Bedford station

Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway are reminding passengers that car parking at Bedford station will be significantly reduced from Monday, 21 October until Sunday, 22 December.

A bridge needs to be demolished and reconstructed at a raised height, to provide a safe distance to allow new equipment to be installed. Network Rail engineers will be using two cranes in the car park at Bedford station to allow this upgrade work to be carried out, meaning there is a reduction in parking spaces. Parking for disabled passengers will not be affected.

Alternative car parks within one mile of the station are signposted. Bedford car park season ticket holders will be able to use the premium car parks at Bedford and Flitwick stations (excluding numbered premier bays). They will also be able to use their permits at all north Thameslink and Great Northern managed stations, however spaces at these stations are available on a first-come, first-served basis and most are very popular.

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