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About Us

The CRP Fun DayThe Marston Vale Railway was officially designated a Community Railway in November 2006. Community Railways adopt a different approach to managing the less well-used rail routes in the UK, by encouraging local people to use and become involved in their local railway. This is led by Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs), of which we are one. By doing this, it is hoped that the future of these vital rail services can be secured, and people can rediscover their local railways. We certainly hope to adopt this ethos to our work!

Our Aims and Steering Group

Face painting at the CRP Fun DayThe Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership formally came into being in November 2006, however prior to this we worked under an informal organisation known as the Marston Vale Railway Development Group. The Community Rail Partnership has 4 aims:

To improve conditions for existing users of the rail service
To encourage new people to use the line
To increase the number of people using the line for work and leisure
Ensuring the line has a long and financially stable future

We are doing this by taking a community-led approach to our work, encouraging local communities to become involved in their local railway. This work is undertaken by our Community Rail Officer, and is overseen (and jointly funded) by a Steering Group consisting of the following organisations:

  • Bedford Borough Council

  • Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association

  • Bedfordshire Association of Town and Parish Councils

  • Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity

  • Central Bedfordshire Council

  • Forest of Marston Vale

  • London Midland Trains

  • Milton Keynes Council

  • Milton Keynes Association of Town and Parish Councils

  • Network Rail

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity acts as the lead partner, and also hosts the Community Rail Officer.


The Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Constitution is the series of rules by which the Community Rail Partnership is governed, as agreed jointly between all of the Steering Group members. It covers many matters associated with the Community Rail Partnership, from its governance to holding public meetings. Feel free to download it and have a look through at your leisure.

Adobe Acrobat LogoMarston Vale Community Rail Partnership Constitution (PDF, 41kb)

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