Guidance

Marston Vale community rail line

Community rail line service between Bletchley and Bedford.

Documents

Marston Vale Line: prospectus

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Marston Vale Line: map

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Details

The Marston Vale Line runs between Bletchley and Bedford in eastern England. It was formerly part of the ‘Varsity Line’ between Oxford and Cambridge.

Route data

Region East
Locale Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire
Stations 12
Length 24 miles
Journey time About 43 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date November 2006
Partnership Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership (CRP)
Operator(s) London Midland

The Marston Vale Route route serves the following 12 stations:

  • Bedford
  • Bedford St Johns
  • Kempston Hardwick
  • Stewartby
  • Millbrook
  • Lidlington
  • Ridgmont
  • Aspley Guise
  • Woburn Sands
  • Bow Brickhill
  • Fenny Stratford
  • Bletchley

Community rail designation

The Marston Vale Line was designated as a community rail service by the Strategic Rail Authority in November 2006. The designation covers the passenger services between Bletchley and Bedford. Apart from Bedford and Bletchley, all stations on the route have designated status.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Marston Vale Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s west coast mainline (K) strategic route plan.

The Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership

The Marston Vale CRP was formed in February 2007 to support the line. Prior to this the Marston Vale Railway Development Group encouraged local communities to become involved in their local railway.

The Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’ Association (BBRUA) is a voluntary group formed in 1980 to help promote and help secure a future for this rail service.

Published 17 September 2006