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Helping people get the most from their local railway!

The Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership is managed by Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC), the leading community development agency working across Bedfordshire, with a proven track record built up over 60 years.

Community Rail Partnerships

Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership is one of a growing number of Community Rail Partnerships across the country.

They work to engage communities and help people get the most from their railways, promoting social inclusion and sustainable travel.

Community Rail Partnerships work alongside train operators to deliver improvements and bring stations back to life.

For more information please visit:

Community Rail website

Government - Community Rail lines

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Keep up to date with all the latest Marston Vale Line news and events.

Symbol Spot

Child at Symbol Spot Pilot at Ridgmont

A new Marston Vale Line Symbol Spot Trail, in association with Mini Map Makers, will be available when purchasing child train tickets at Bedford, Bletchley and Milton Keynes Central stations or when visiting Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre during normal opening hours with a valid train ticket.

The Marston Vale Line is the first in the country to have a Symbol Spot along its route.

The aim is to spot a host of symbols along the line, including letters, numbers, shapes, map symbols, signs and rail safety items. Children will produce rubbings in their booklets of the symbols located at each station and the set at Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre.

Symbol Spot isn't just for children, adults can learn too, A ‘Strip Map’ of the Line has been produced.

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre

Visit this hidden gem at Ridgmont Railway Station on the Marston Vale rail line.

Tea Room

We're open for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake, and afternoon tea (book in advance)

Opening hours during winter are Wednesday to Saturday - 10am to 4pm.

Food is served 10am to 3pm

Book your afternoon tea experience

Call 01525 287120 or email tearoom@bedsrcc.org.uk.

Please note that full afternoon tea needs to be booked three days in advance.

Ridgmont station with school children on a visit

Office Space and Meeting Room to Hire

One first floor office space is available to let on competitive terms at Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre.

Viewing by appointment – please call 01234 832645 or email heritagecentre@bedsrcc.org.uk

Download the specifications for the front office.

Meeting room space for up to 15 people is also available at the Heritage Centre. Our delegate rate of £15 per head includes refillable tea/coffee and a sandwich platter lunch plus use of a projector and screen. Wi-fi available.

Please call 01234 832645 to book or e-mail heritagecentre@bedsrcc.org.uk.

 

Leave us a Review

If you enjoyed your visit to us, we'd be grateful if you could leave us a review on Trip AdvisorGoogle Maps, or our Facebook page. It really helps us out!

Tag us in your Social Media posts when you visit us:

Facebook: @ridgmontheritage

Twitter: @ridgmontstation

Instagram: @ridgmontheritage

Trip Advisor Hall Of Fame Certificate 2019

Thank you so much to John from Rainham Rail Enthusiast for his lovely review of Ridgmont Heritage Centre.

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre is proud to be part of a network of over 20 museums across Bedfordshire. Check out the Bedfordshire Museums Map for full details.

Contact us

E-mail
officer@marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk

Phone
01234 832645

Post
Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership,
The Old School, Cardington,
Bedford, Bedfordshire
MK44 3SX

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14 hours ago
Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership

Fantastic to continue our Community Rail Week activities today with a Try the Train journey from Bletchley for a group of carers from Mytime Milton Keynes.

We took them the full length of our lovely Line to Bedford pointing our points of interest along the way calling at our very own Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre on the way back where they enjoyed a delicious & well-deserved lunch in the Tea Room and tour of the Museum courtesy of the Friends of Ridgmont Station.

Thanks to the London Northwestern Railway team at Bletchley and the traincrew for all their help during the day.

#morethanarailway #CommunityRailWeek #CommunityRail #keepsafe #partnership #community #UnpaidCarers #respite #dayout #railways #trainride #ConnectingCommunities #carerssupport #heritage #museum #history #bedfordshire #buckinghamshire #miltonkeynes
Local Solutions Milton Keynes City Council
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity
Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre and Tea Room
East Midlands Railway
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Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users' Association
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Fantastic to continue our Community Rail Week activities today with a Try the Train journey from Bletchley for a group of carers from Mytime Milton Keynes.

We took them the full length of our lovely Line to Bedford pointing our points of interest along the way calling at our very own Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre on the way back where they enjoyed a delicious & well-deserved lunch in the Tea Room and tour of the Museum courtesy of the Friends of Ridgmont Station. 

Thanks to the London Northwestern Railway team at Bletchley and the traincrew for all their help during the day.  

#morethanarailway #CommunityRailWeek #CommunityRail #keepsafe  #partnership  #community #UnpaidCarers  #respite #dayout #railways #trainride #ConnectingCommunities   #carerssupport #heritage #museum #history #bedfordshire #buckinghamshire #miltonkeynes
Local Solutions Milton Keynes City Council
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity
Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre and Tea Room
East Midlands Railway
Community Rail Network
Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association
Bedford Independent
Beds & Herts Community Rail Partnership

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It was a wonderful day celebrating Community Rail Week with you! Thank you once again for giving our carers a fantastic experience.

Our railways could be such a local, public service asset if focus was directed towards service as a whole rather than other business focuses across the industry. This strikes me as such a constructive use of a hospitality event and I sincerely hope that it yields some viable, and meaningful use of our railways going forward. Better still, I hope it has perhaps provided some members of our community in care roles with an insight which might enable them to meaningfully lobby for better public services for those they care for as well as all of us who rely on public transport.

Amazing ❤️👌🙌

Train services have recommenced on the Marson Vale line although the first train to run (16:47 ex Bedford) departed 18 mins late and ran limited-stop to Bletchley we believe to try to recover the timetable.

Please look online to check service availability

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Still no news on the resumption of services on the Marston Vale line - rail replacement buses continue to operate.

More news when we have it...

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I feel sorry for folks who rely on this line. I gave up a long time ago and now drive to MK. Between no staff, trains not turning up, train maintenance companies going bust, service suspensions at the drop of a hat, I’m surprised anyone even bothers to try anymore. Maybe East / West will help, but I’m not risking it until then.

Thanks so much for trying to keep us updated and for all your efforts to ensure you are providing the best possible service

It’s annoying when it comes to running trains since after viarail went out of business and had rail replacement buses for a while and took so long to get the 150 trains back to the line after months of retraining the drivers and don’t forget about rail strikes by ASLEF unions which are impacted the services and now local flooding which caused more problems

Never heard of the line closing because of flooding before!

There is no bus timetable that’s what’s so frustrating

Hope services can resume soon

Stopped again trains were running the other week?

I have to say I’m greatful for this train service it means my son can visit his grandad with out paying £30 each way in taxis , when my mum was in Bedford hospital getting train to St John’s was easier . Now she is in respite home in Marston , still a walk from millbrook but again cheaper than taxi costs . Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership I’m greatful for ur work and the service

If the trains r cancelled cus of flooding, y can we still hear trains late at night..

Services have now resumed apparently

About time

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It's Community Rail Week and we're at Bedford Station until 4pm this afternoon (we were rained off the market so thank you to Thameslink for allowing us to relocate to the station at short notice)

Come and say hello! if you are passing - we have some freebies to hand out 🙂

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On a day the trains aren't running due to flooding

Amazing 👌❤️🙌

Sadly, the train service on the Marston Vale line is currently suspended due to flooding on the line in a number of locations.

Rail replacement buses are in operation but you may need to allow extra time for your journey especially if connecting to other services.

Please check online for the latest travel news.

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Sadly, the train service on the Marston Vale line is currently suspended due to flooding on the line in a number of locations.

Rail replacement buses are in operation but you may need to allow extra time for your journey especially if connecting to other services.

Please check online for the latest travel news.

@followers Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre and Tea Room Friends of Bedford Railway Station

Comment on Facebook

Hi Connie Firtree we have flagged up the need for a resilience plan to prevent flooding with Network Rail. It would help if passengers could do likewise - via www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/contact-us/. You may also wish to consider joining Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users' Association.

Apparently the level crossing is flooded at Bow Brickhill following the heavy rain earlier

Who is the PWSM for the branch now ? It used to come under care of Bedford T

So when there were no trains running, there was no opportunity for line maintenance?

Whats the point in complaining it goes no where. Just costs us customers more money in cabs to get to our destination cus trains are cancelled at last minute

Bow Brickhill crossing has gradually ‘sunk’ as the roads adjacent have been resurfaced over many years; plus it is at the lower end of a long road largely sloping downwards. Without a permanent fix this will keep happening.

The 150’s would get threw a bit of water on the track it’s a perk of being a diesel Multiunit and it’s way to high up to flood the Engine just going through slowly and keep the revs up.

It should have a proper drainage for heavy rain! Huh🙄

Any excuse to stop trains on this line.

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