Snowfall and Cold Weather in week commencing Monday 2nd February
Update (6/2): Despite the heavy snow fall, the Marston Vale Line is currently running a full service. Passengers are still advised to check before they travel, and to take extra care around the stations as the ground and platforms may be slippery.
Update (5/2): The Marston Vale Line is currently
running a near-normal service. There may be some short notice delays and
cancellations. Keep up to date using the live departure board feature on the right,
or log on to National Rail Enquiries.
Update (5/2): Heavy snow throughout the Marston
Vale and elsewhere across the South Midlands has disrupted travel. Marston
Vale Line trains may, therefore, be subject to significant delays and cancellations.
London Midland are once again advising all passengers not to travel unless
absolutely necessary. If you do need to travel, then check with National Rail Enquiries
on 08457 48 49 50 before travelling.
Where trains are cancelled, replacement road transport cannot be promised due to hazardous conditions on local roads. Where a train is cancelled, passengers are advised to arrange their own alternative transport.
London Midland and Network Rail once again apologise for any inconvenience caused, and hope to be running to a normal timetable as soon as possible.
ADVANCED WARNING: More heavy snow showers are forecast
for both Thursday (5/2) and Friday (6/2) of this week. We are unsure as to how
this will impact on services at the moment, but we are advising all passengers
not to travel unless it is essential that you do so. If you do plan to travel,
then leave extra time for your journey, and check with National Rail Enquiries
on 08457 48 49 50 before travelling.
WARNING: With the melting snow and freezing tempuratures overnight, some platforms on Marston Vale Line stations may be slippery. London Midland staff have salted many of the platforms, however there may still be slippery patches. We are therefore advising all passengers to take extra care both on and around the station.
Update (4/2): Train services are beginning to return to normal following
the recent heavy snowfall which significantly disrupted London Midland services
on Monday and Tuesday. We anticipate that a near full service will run on the
Marston Vale Line today, although some short notice alterations and
cancellations may occur.
Update (3/2): London Midland are still experiencing some delays to train services on the West Coast Mainline, which are likely to continue for the rest of today. Some short-notice delays and cancellations may therefore occur on the Marston Vale Line.
Update (2/2): Due to forecast heavy snow this evening, National Rail Enquiries are advising all rail passengers to make their journey home as soon as possible.
Due to high levels of snow fall across the South East, London Midland rail services are currently experiencing significant disruption. There have already been a number of cancellations on the Marston Vale Line today, and with further heavy snowfall forecast for the afternoon and evening of Monday 2nd February, a full service cannot be promised at this time.
London Midland are attempting to arrange road transport where trains are cancelled, but due to dangerous conditions on local roads this replacement transport cannot be assured.
London Midland apologises for the significant disruption caused to your journeys today. It is highly recommended that you should only travel if it is absolutely essential. If you do need to travel, and you can use an alternative mode of transport, then do so. If you still require the train you should check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 before travelling. Unfortunately, we cannot promise that a return journey will operate.
Both London Midland and Network Rail are working hard to restore a full service as soon as possible.
Notes for Editors
The Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership is led by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity in association with Bedfordshire County Council, London Midland, Milton Keynes Council, Bedford Borough Council, Mid Bedfordshire District Council, Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’ Association, the Forest of Marston Vale and the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Associations of Town and Parish Councils.
The Partnership has been set up to act as a bridge between the rail industry and the community to encourage more people to use the train for travel to work and leisure, and to share their views and ideas for improving their railway.
The Partnership will be overseeing a range of projects throughout 2008.