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.

North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt said “I met with Govia Thameslink senior management at the House of Commons today to discuss the recovery plans following last year’s chronic timetable failures.

Reassurances about current services were welcome, but I and rail user groups in the constituency will remain very vigilant. GTR will be meeting the Arlesey Commuter group tomorrow, Thursday, and I will be joining them and Network rail for a meeting in Biggleswade on Friday morning.  

I welcome the important announcement that, following last year’s events, and the impact on local services and passengers, an award of compensation to stations in the region has been made.

I remain grateful to passengers for keeping me informed and appreciate that together we have helped with a response to last year, made a strong case for continuing improved services, and have successfully secured some improvements to local stations as a result.”

Passengers of these stations can contribute their ideas for how these funds should be spent, and a website has been set up to provide further information: www.passengerbenefitfund.co.uk/.