Morning and evening peak-time train services have resumed on the Marston Vale Line ahead of a new timetable to be published on 7 September.
Starting last Monday (24 August), three journeys each way in the morning and three in the evening have been supplemented by a Rail Replacement Bus Service during the rest of the day.
A Saturday service will be running on Bank Holiday Monday (31 August) and it is planned to gradually increase the number of train services over the autumn starting with additional peak-time services.
While train services have been suspended, Network Rail have been working to tackle issues with the level crossings at Stewartby & Kempston Hardwick. The level crossing at Green Lane, Stewartby is currently being upgraded from half barrier to full barrier.
The cause of the problem at the Kempston Hardwick level crossing has been identified and works are underway to resolve it.
Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said, “I am pleased to welcome passengers back to the Marston Vale Line this week after a time without rail services.
“Our Line provides a really vital link for the communities along it in accessing work, education & leisure. I look forward to the resumption of the full rail timetable in due course.”
London Northwestern Railway thanked passengers for their patience and understanding over the last few months.