Train Services

My constituents are served by stations at Biggleswade, Sandy, Arlesey and Bedford, with services provided by Thameslink and East Midlands Trains.

I have been engaged on a number of issues in relation to train services recently, and you will find updates on this page.

The ongoing disruption to train services following the introduction of the Railplan2020 timetable is frankly a disgrace. The new timetables have been envisaged for months, and local MPs see no reason for the current excuses covering so many trains. The odd hiccup in a new timetable is understandable; wholescale cancellations and being unable to say whether trains will run or not is simply not acceptable. 

All local MPs are in contact with the rail companies and the Department for Transport. I will continue to update you with further information, on my website and Facebook page, as it becomes available.

News

Network Rail Engineering Work

I have received the following message from Network Rail, regarding the engineering work taking place this weekend:

GTR follow-up response

Following the recent public meeting I arranged with Govia Thameslink, I have now received the follow up letter as promised by Managing Director Tom Moran. 

Govia Disruption - June 2019

I was very disturbed by the number of reports coming in over the past couple of weeks from constituents struggling with rail disruptions.

WORST AFFECTED STATIONS TO BE COMPENSATED BY GOVIA

Govia Thameslink have announced that Arlesey, Sandy, Biggleswade and Bedford Station were among the worst affected by the May 2018 timetable change and will be allocated £80,000 each to provide tangible benefits for passengers.

Govia Thameslink Railway's Passenger Benefit Fund

Govia Thameslink Rail (GTR) have today launched a £15m benefit fund with the aim of providing tangible improvements for passengers on the GTR network; following the disruption caused by the May 2018 timetable disruptions.  

More Seats and State of the Art Trains for Bedford Passengers

The Government announced this week that they have awarded the East Midlands Railway franchise to Abellio from August 2019. The company will be responsible for delivering new trains, smart ticketing and more frequent services for passengers.  

Biggleswade Station - One Step Closer to Redevelopment

Following a number of meetings held over the last year, led by Alistair Burt MP, and joined by a range of stakeholders, Biggleswade Station will shortly be nominated to the ‘Access for All’ scheme to help create step-free access solutions; as well as wider improvements to parking and public trans