Response to the 2021 East West Rail consultation

Introduction I write the independent Bedford Rail blog (https://bedfordrail.wordpress.com), and have been following the development of the East West Rail scheme closely. This consultation response will comment on aspects of the consultation that have a bearing on Bedford as a whole, the service that the railway will offer, and the conduct of the consultation itself.… Read More Response to the 2021 East West Rail consultation

East West Rail 2021 consultation: the Marston Vale line

Introduction This article looks at the extensive proposals to upgrade [EDIT] one of only two parts [/EDIT] of the Oxford to Cambridge route that is currently both in existence and open(ish) to traffic: the Marston Vale line, between Bedford and Bletchley. [The other being between Oxford and Bicester.] As it looks at a whole line,… Read More East West Rail 2021 consultation: the Marston Vale line

East West Rail 2021 consultation: Bedford St Johns station

The East West Rail consultation proposes a major revival for the second of Bedford’s railway stations, Bedford St Johns. However, there are options for what form it will take. The available options are shaped by the available spaces for new infrastructure, which in turn are dictated by the history of Bedford’s railways in that part… Read More East West Rail 2021 consultation: Bedford St Johns station

East West Rail 2021 consultation: a new Bedford station

For the second article looking at what East West Rail might mean for Bedford, we turn from the controversy surrounding the tracks north of Bedford station, to the station itself. It’s here that the wider benefits to Bedford of East West Rail really start to come into focus. Bedford station is unable to accommodate current… Read More East West Rail 2021 consultation: a new Bedford station