Letters: Bedford Station is long overdue an upgrade

Bedford station
The upgrade of Bedford Midland Station has put homes in the Poets Area at risk

Dear editor,

Whilst I generally agree with Mike Carter (Letters, 1 April) about the council and the indecision surrounding Bedford Railway Station, and public transport in general, I must point out the assumptions that he and others continue to make regarding the proposed route(s) for East-West Rail to Cambridge are incorrect.

A southerly route via a two-level interchange station at Wixams is a non-starter.

It will not encourage people to travel to Bedford if they have to change trains/stations and East Midlands services will not be stopping there, besides which the developer of Wixams hasn’t produced the necessary money to build the originally planned station despite it being a condition of the planning consent.

Bedford (Midland) Station is long overdue a complete rebuild to increase capacity, the booking hall is a sad joke being overcrowded most of the day and like a greenhouse in the summer.

The increase in train services with the introduction of the refurbished electric trains to Corby is going to cause a strain on platform capacity which will be exacerbated by the Oxford to Cambridge services when they eventually start.

A larger booking hall with better facilities, 6 platform faces, a two multistorey car park and improved bus links are desperately needed.

Network Rail and Bedford Borough Council have failed to reach an agreement over costs and design stretching back at least 10 years so maybe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel (pun intended) if EWR are going to pay for it.

For more information, your readers might do well to visit bedfordrail.wordpress.com.

Peter Lamswood

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