Additional peak-time services to be added gradually
Train services resumed on the Marston Vale Line on Monday 24 August 2020. This is initially only at peak times (three journeys each way in the morning and three in the evening). It is supplemented by a Rail Replacement Bus Service during the rest of the day.
A Saturday service will be running on Bank Holiday Monday (31 August 2020). And a new timetable will be published for 7 September 2020 onwards.
It is planned to gradually increase the number of train services over the autumn starting with additional peak-time services.
London Northwestern Railway thanked passengers for their patience and understanding over the last few months when it has not been possible to run a train service.
Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said:
“I am pleased to welcome passengers back to the Marston Vale Line this week after a time without rail services. Our Line provides a really vital link for the communities along it in accessing work, education & leisure. I look forward to the resumption of the full rail timetable in due course.”
Level crossing at Stewartby is being upgraded
Network Rail have been working to tackle the issues with the level crossings at Stewartby & Kempston Hardwick whilst train services have been suspended. The cause of the problem at the Kempston Hardwick level crossing has been identified and works are underway to resolve it.
The level crossing at Green Lane, Stewartby is currently being upgraded from half barrier to full barrier.
Rail Replacement Buses will be unable to call at the usual stop at Stewartby from 10pm on Saturday 22 August 2020 until 6am on Monday 31 August 2020. It will use the bus stop at Stewartby Village Hall during this period.
The bus timetable will remain the same with the bus waiting an extra five minutes at the Village Hall. The station remains accessible by foot during the works.
Visit Marston Vale Community Rail for further information.