Bedford Rail

You may have noticed that this blog hasn’t had regular updates since June last year. There have been multiple reasons for this: I wanted to take a break after the EWR consultation closed, as I had produced a lot of material in a short space of time; I was no longer using the railways around… Read More Bedford Rail

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The East Midlands franchise and the future of Bedford’s express trains

This article follows the previous one looking at why Bedford lost its peak services – the first part of the triple whammy that is hitting rail travellers to and from Bedford. The second part – the dreadful failure of the new Thameslink timetable – has been unpicked and explored amply in many places, and parliamentary… Read More The East Midlands franchise and the future of Bedford’s express trains

We ain’t got no trains – the Midland Main Line rolling stock fiasco

The rules around the accessibility of trains to disabled people change as of the start of 2020. By this time, the entire UK rail fleet must be accessible, as set out in the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Non Interoperable Rail System) Regulations 2010 and the technical specification for interoperability in respect of persons with reduced mobility.… Read More We ain’t got no trains – the Midland Main Line rolling stock fiasco