Special River Festival services on Marston Vale Line this weekend

Marston Vale Line train at Bedford station

Beat the traffic and let the train take the strain to Bedford River Festival this weekend (23 and 24 July) with special ‘festival’ train services operating on the Marston Vale Line (Bedford – Bletchley).

In addition to their normal hourly Saturday service there will be the following:

  • Late evening ‘Festival Flyer’ leaving Bedford at 11:10pm on Saturday night calling at all stations to Bletchley.
  • Two-hourly Sunday service between 10:15am and 5:50pm. Download the timetables here.
  • Connections are available at Bletchley for Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes Central services.
  • Hop off at Bedford St. Johns for the short walk to the Festival Site at St.Mary’s Gardens.
  • Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership has a stand in the Heritage Bedford Village (situated outside the Higgins Bedford) at the River Festival. Call in to find out more about the great range of days out available by train and the exciting future for the Line.
  • The off-peak return fare between Bletchley and Bedford is just £8.40 with children between five and 15 travelling at £4.20. Under 5s go free. Bedfordshire Bus Pass holders travel for half-price.
  • Great savings are available for groups with the London Northwestern Railway GroupSave ticket; groups of three – nine adults travel for a third off the usual fare.
  • Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre will be open to tie in with the Sunday service where visitors can enjoy the Museum, Vintage Tea Room and Gift Shop Free entry! There are a variety of circular & linear walks from the Heritage Centre.

Stephen Sleight, Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Officer, said: “I am delighted
that the Community Rail Partnership is again able to offer these special services on the
Marston Vale Line over the Bedford River Festival weekend as part of the 175th Anniversary
Year of our Line.

“The special Sunday service is also the ideal opportunity to visit a number of other attractions along the Marston Vale Line including Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre, the Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park (from Millbrook Station) and Bletchley Park”.

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