So, we now have sight of the next consultation on East West Rail. It contains an abundance of information about emerging plans for the railway and the different options under consideration. It also includes a shocking new proposal to demolish around 50 homes in the Poets area, and impinge on the gardens or parking areas… Read More The East West Rail consultation
This article summarises the various arguments put forward against the proposed route of the East West Rail link from Bedford to Cambridge – ‘Route E’, as it was designated in the consultation that ran from January to March 2019 – and considers whether they stack up. It focuses on the arguments relating to the railway,… Read More The case against East West Rail ‘Route E’ – is there anything in it?
Last year, concluding this article analysing the selection of ‘Route E’ for the central section of East West Rail, going through Bedford and looping around the town to the north, Bedford Rail wrote: “The exact route has yet to be laid out on the ground, so expect a lot of local bunfights over exactly where… Read More The campaign against East West Rail ‘Route E’ – who, what, and why?
Although the last few articles on this blog have been avowedly COVID updates, as we approach the turn of the year it’s probably appropriate to look ahead rather more broadly. Taking the very biggest picture for the railways first, there are big questions about when social distancing requirements will end and therefore train travel can… Read More The railways, Bedford and 2021
Introduction The announcement that East West Rail will, after all, come through Bedford rather than by-passing it is hugely welcome news. And after the last couple of years, it’s a great relief to have something positive to report about the railway in Bedford! This post looks at some of the detail of the announcement, and… Read More East West Rail: good news for Bedford, at last!
If you were standing in the centre of Bedford a century ago, you would have been able to walk to either of two railway stations, and from one or the other catch a direct train to any of the following destinations, and stops in-between: Sheffield and the East Midlands to the north Cambridge to the… Read More Welcome to Bedford Rail!