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.


15th July Interim Timetables

I have today seen the interim timetables, attached below, published by Govia Thameslink for stations in and around my constituency. On paper there is a definite improvement to the services previously on offer, but after many broken promises only time will tell.

Declassification of First Class Carriages

I am delighted that the sensible decision to declassify all peak time 1st class carriages on Thameslink & Great Northern trains has finally been made. I am pleased to have at least achieved this small concession for my constituents struggling through this awful disruption.

Update letter from GTR

Please find attached a letter received from Nick Brown, Chief Operating Officer at GTR.

Whilst I appreciate it offers little comfort, I am sure you will wish to see it.

Govia Thameslink Update

Further to my recent posts, I asked Govia Thameslink to update me on what efforts they were making to reduce this ongoing disruption and improve services. Passenger Services Director Stuart Cheshire, replied as follows:

Department for Transport Update

A number of constituents have been asking me what action is being taken and how much longer they will have to endure the current rail disruption. The Secretary of State for Transport provided the House with further information on Tuesday, and I will summarise that for you now:

East Midlands Train - Bedford update

Unfortunately, despite cross-party pressure from local MPs, East Midlands Trains are not able to temporarily reinstate Bedford stops during their peak time services.

Response from Govia

Following the emails I have received from constituents, sharing their experiences on the trains, this is the response I received from Govia:


Dear Alistair

Ongoing rail disruption

The situation with GTR services serving my constituents in NE Beds via Bedford, Arlesey, Sandy and Biggleswade remains wholly unacceptable. I have many constituents sending us live information and records of their weeks – it is un untenable situation.