Reliability boost for Bedfordshire’s railway

Better journeys are in store for passengers travelling between London and the East Midlands, with key work to upgrade Bedfordshire’s railway taking place this weekend.

Around 740 metres of track will be renewed between Luton and Bedford as engineers continue to upgrade the railway. More reliable journeys will encourage more people to travel by train, and connect people with job, education, and leisure opportunities.

On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May, buses will replace trains between Harpenden / Hitchin and Bedford, as well as changes to services along the route. Passengers are urged to plan ahead and check before they travel via National Rail Enquiries or their train operator.

This work is part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade and will eventually allow more trains to run at higher speeds under the overhead power lines. It’s the second of several weekends throughout 2022 where parts of the railway need to be closed so that teams can work safely.

Gary Walsh, East Midlands Route Director for Network Rail, said: “I know how important it is for our passengers to get to where they need to be, on time. So, it’s great to see the progress we’ve made so far to ultimately bring better, faster, and more reliable journeys between London and the East Midlands.

“If you’re planning to travel this weekend, please plan ahead to avoid any inconvenience as we continue this vital work.”

Neil Grabham, Customer Services Director for EMR said: “We’re encouraging any passengers travelling to or from London this weekend to allow extra time for their journey, as there is a rail replacement service between Bedford and Hitchin.

“We would like to thank our passengers for their patience whilst the overhead line equipment between Luton and Bedford is upgraded.”

Image credit: Network Rail

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