Marston Vale Line
|Marston Vale Line|
The Marston Vale Line is the railway line from Bletchley to Bedford (Network Rail route MD 140). It is the passenger-carrying remnant of the Oxford to Cambridge "Varsity Line". The line beyond Bletchley through Winslow to Bicester is closed.
The towns and villages served by the line are as follows:
- Fenny Stratford
- Bow Brickhill, Caldecotte, Tilbrook and Walton
- Woburn Sands, Wavendon
- Aspley Guise
- Kempston Hardwick
- Bedford St Johns
- Bedford (Midland)
There is a campaign to re-open the line to passenger traffic from at least Bicester and ideally rebuild it from Oxford right through to Cambridge.
Extension to Milton Keynes Central
In June 2005, Silverlink announced their intent to extend their service to Milton Keynes Central in 2007 (via the West Coast Main Line), when a new platform with associated track is to be built there (alongside the slow mainline "up" track, mirroring the present arrangement for the "down" side). On 4 December 2006, work began at Milton Keynes Central to prepare for a service connection from the Marston Vale line, with completion scheduled for December 2008.
A further increase in service frequency seems likely if the National institute for research into aquatic habitats  succeeds in its bid  to build the world's largest freshwater aquarium in Stewartby.