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.
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Train services will resume on Monday 20th November 2023.
Initially four services will run in each direction on Monday – Fridays during the . morning and afternoon peak periods. A full rail replacement bus service (all stations and limited stop) will continue to operate at other times.
The Kimberley College Special Buses to Bedford St Johns & Bedford will continue to run in the afternoon only.
The full timetable, including the return of a Saturday & Bank Holiday service, is expected to resume in early 2024
Please purchase tickets for Rail Replacement Bus journeys from any staffed station or the Ticket Vending Machine (TVM)) at unstaffed stations before travel. Tickets purchased online can be collected at any TVM. The TVMs are card only.
Please note the bus drivers are unable to issue rail tickets.
Rail tickets can be purchased from the conductor on the train by cash or card.
Bedfordshire Bus Pass holders travel for half price on the route after 10:00am on weekdays and all-day Saturday & Bank Holidays. Groups of 3 - 9 adults travel for a third off with GroupSave.
Refunds for delayed journeys of 15 minutes or more can be claimed from the London Northwestern Railway Delay Repay Scheme - https://www.londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk/about-us/delay-repay
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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.
We're open for breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake, and afternoon tea (book in advance)
Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday - 10am to 4pm. Food is served 10am to 3pm
Book your afternoon tea experience
Call 01525 287120 or email email@example.com.
Please note that full afternoon tea needs to be booked three days in advance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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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.