Bedford's train and rail links to London, Brighton and the North of England.

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Bedford has two railway stations, the main station is Bedford Midland Station and the smaller station is Bedford St John’s. Bedford has good rail links to London, Brighton and the North of England via Derby and Sheffield.


Midland Station (main station)

Bedford Midland Station is located on Ashburnham Road, MK40 1DY and is highlighted on the map below.

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Train operators

Govia Thameslink Railway, East Midland Trains and London Midland Trains run trains from Bedford Midland Station.

Govia Thameslink Railway

 

Email: customerservices@thameslinkrailway.com
Phone: 0345 026 4700
Website: www.thameslinkrailway.com »

East Midland Trains

 

Email: getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Phone: 08457 125 678
Website: www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk »

London Midland Trains

 

Email: comments@londonmidland.com
Phone: 0344 811 0133
Website: www.londonmidland.com/ »

 

Train destinations

Three train services operate from Bedford. Govia Thameslink Railway services run to Brighton via Flitwick, Harlington, Luton, St Albans, London St Pancras, London Blackfriars, East Croydon and Gatwick Airport.

East Midlands Trains operate between London St Pancras and Corby, Derby, Sheffield and Nottingham calling at Bedford, Wellingborough, Kettering, Market Harborough and Leicester.

The Marston Vale Line runs to Bletchley via Bedford St Johns, Stewartby, Lidlington, Ridgmont and Woburn Sands. You can view a rail network map for this area which gives a complete list of stops.

For details of rail times please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

Bikes and the train

Bikes at train station

Bedford Midland Station has over 450 parking spaces including 44 double-decker parking spaces. Cycle parking can be found to the right of the main entrance, along the path into the station and in the south car park. The majority of this parking is undercover.

Sadly in the past there have been some security issues with cycle parking at this station. There is CCTV coverage of the cycle parking and the British Transport Police regularly have a presence at the station. However it is strongly recommended that you follow the guidelines for locking your bike which can be found in the bike security section.

Train companies policies on bikes on trains
East Midlands Trains’ policy on bikes on their trains can be found at: www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/travelling-with-us/Cycles/Cycles-on-Trains/

Govia Thameslink Trains’ policy on bikes on their trains can be found at: www.thameslinkrailway.com/your-journey/bike-policy/

Buses to train station

Three services run past Bedford Midland Station:

Stagecoach service 40
Catch bus from outside front of station
Goes from/to Town Centre – Biddenham – Bromham – Turvey – Northampton

Stagecoach service 41
Catch bus from outside front of station
Goes from/to Town Centre – Bromham – Turvey– Northampton

Stagecoach service 6 (only in peak times)
Catch bus from outside front of station
Goes from/to Town Centre – Brickhill Drive – Woodlands Estate

For a full timetable of these buses please go to Bedford Borough Council’s Website

There is an easy 8 minute walk from Bedford’s railway station to the bus station and town centre Train to bus route

Buying a ticket

Bedford Midland Station has four ticket machines where you can collect pre-ordered tickets and purchase tickets. There is also a ticket desk where you can buy advance or same-day tickets.     Combining your train and bus tickets can be a cheaper option, for more details please go to www.plusbus.info/home

St John’s Station on the Marston Vale Line

St John’s station is located on Melbourne Street, MK41 9AN. There is access to the station through Melbourne Street car park or down some steps from Ampthill Road. This railway line is known as the Marston Vale railway.

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The Marston Vale railway is a small rural railway running through the heart of the beautiful Marston Vale countryside between Bedford and Bletchley. As well as being the main public transport link in the area, the hourly train service provides access to jobs, schools, and leisure facilities in the Marston Vale.

Train operators and partners

London Midland provides the rail service that runs from Bedford to Bletchley and the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership help run and promote the railway line.

London Midland Trains

 

Email: comments@londonmidland.com
Phone: 08706 09 60 60
Website: www.londonmidland.com »

Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership

 

Email: officer@marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk
Phone: 01234 832645
Website: www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk »

 

Train destinations

The hourly rail service from Bedford Midland and Bedford St John’s stops at:

  • Kempston Hardwick
  • Stewartby
  • Millbrook
  • Lidlington
  • Ridgmont
  • Aspley Guise
  • Woburn Sands
  • Bow Brickhill
  • Fenny Stratford
  • Bletchley

For details of rail times please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk . You can view a rail network map for this area

Bikes and the train

Bedford St John’s has sheltered cycle parking for 8 bikes in Melbourne Street Car Park. It is recommended that you lock your bikes securely following these guidelines .

Bikes are also accepted on Marston Vale Line trains at all times. The single-carriage trains have spaces for two bikes at one end of the train (denoted on the outside by the cycle logo). The two-carriage trains have tip-up seats where you can store your bike. Bikes can also be stored in the doorways with the permission of the conductor.

Buses to train station

There are three bus services that run near to Bedford St John’s Station:

Park and Ride Service 2
Catch bus from Ampthill road
Goes from/to Town Centre – Bedford Hospital – Elstow Park and Ride.

Stagecoach Service 9
Catch bus from Melbourne Street
Goes from/to Town Centre – Elstow Road – Mile Road – Harrowden Road – Shortstown

Stagecoach Service 1
Catch bus from Kempston Road
Goes from/to Town Centre – Bedford Hospital – Bedford Road – Kempston

For a full timetable of these buses please go to Bedford Borough Council’s Website

It is a 15 minute walk from Bedford St John’s to Bedford Bus Station.

Buying a ticket

Bedford St John’s does not have a ticket machine in the station, when you get on the train the conductor will be able to sell you a ticket which you can purchase using cash or credit card.

Combining your train and bus tickets can be a cheaper option, for more details please go to www.plusbus.info/home

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