The far-reaching impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and particularly of the efforts to reduce the spread of the illness, are inevitably having an impact on the railways. Many residents of Bedford who travel regularly to London will not be making the journey for probably some months at the least. Those who still need to travel… Read More Coronavirus and the railways
While the new Corby electrics, out of all the trains due to be introduced on the Midland Main Line, are the trains that will be used most heavily by travellers to and from Bedford, numerous other changes to the EMR fleet will have at least some impact. East Midlands expresses in 2020: HSTs Currently, the… Read More Rolling stock update (2): EMR expresses and other trains
Last year this blog ran through the possibilities for new trains that will serve Bedford in the coming years. Since then, several decisions have been made, and the future shape of the fleet is much clearer. In particular, while the hated Thameslink class 700s are unfortunately going to be with us for years to come,… Read More Rolling stock update (1): Corby electrics
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!
Introduction Last November, East Midlands Railway announced a consultation on its timetable for December 2020. This will bring major changes to the express trains serving Bedford. This article outlines what’s happening, why, what it means for people who travel to and from Bedford by train, and what we do and don’t know for sure about… Read More The East Midland Railway timetable consultation, and what it means for Bedford
The large-scale degradation of Bedford’s rail services has been a startling thing, both for the significance of the effects it has had on many, and for the extent to which we have seemed powerless to stop it being done to us. Over the last couple of years, we have temporarily lost our peaktime services to… Read More How can passengers influence rail services?
This isn’t really about the class 700s. But, having looked at the fleets of trains set for imminent introduction to the lines around Bedford, we should probably complete the set by looking at the still very new, and now ubiquitous, class 700s. These trains will be the workhorses of the Thameslink network for no doubt… Read More New(ish) train for Bedford (4): Thameslink class 700s
The trains that operate the twice-hourly express services between St Pancras and Corby from December 2020 will be of most interest to Bedford commuters: these will provide the expresses when they are finally restored to Bedford during peak hours. Our summary of the requirements of the invitation to tender (ITT) to run the new East… Read More New trains for Bedford (3): Corby EMUs
The new trains on the Marston Vale line have their origins, unusually, on the London Underground. By the time I first moved to London in 2005, the Tube had adopted a form still recognisable today: Oyster cards were already in widespread use, and its trains were uniformly presented in its corporate livery of white with… Read More New trains for Bedford (2): Marston Vale Line D-trains
This is the first in a series of articles looking at the new types of rolling stock that will come to serve Bedford within the next five years or so. Starting with the introduction of the class 700s on Thameslink a few years ago, the fleet serving Bedford will have been completely replaced by the… Read More New trains for Bedford (1): Midland Main Line bi-modes