East Midlands Railway’s Bedford to St Pancras service to resume

East Midlands Trains train at St. Pancras
East Midlands Trains train at St. Pancras. Image: JoshR319 CC license.

Good news for Bedford’s commuters as the reintroduction of East Midlands Railway’s (EMR) full Intercity service begins on Monday 7 September.

The services will provide 97% of the ‘normal’ pre-Covid timetable following a vast reduction of trains running between Bedford and London St Pancras.

The updated EMR Intercity timetable sees an additional 33 trains per day between the East Midlands and the capital.

EMR will also reintroduce a limited at-seat catering service for First Class customers on weekdays. This will include a breakfast offering until 11am and then an all-day service through until the last train of the day. The catering for First Class ticket-holders will be fully complementary and has been redesigned to strictly limit contact between customers and our staff.

Full details and timetables are available on the EMR website and in stations.

To help customers plan ahead, EMR provides a Seat Finder Tool with the latest data so passengers can check how busy their journey is likely to be. The tool can be found on its website.

Customers must continue to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt. Anyone who refuses to wear one is liable to be fined £100.

In addition, EMR will continue the enhanced cleaning regime introduced in March and will also continue to provide hot water and soap on board all trains as well as providing sanitiser at its 15 busiest stations.

Chris Wright, Commercial Director at East Midlands Railway, said, “As schools and businesses reopen across the country we are doing everything we can to provide as much capacity as possible.

“The reintroduction of our full timetable to and from London St Pancras International, includes an additional 33 trains per day.

“It is the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes and we hope it will help social distancing as well as providing safe and convenient journeys for the cities, towns and communities we serve.

“There are some minor changes to our timetable to allow these extra trains to be introduced so I would urge our customers to check their journey before they set off as well as being mindful of other customers and our staff while they are travelling with us.”

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