Marston Vale Line

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Marston Vale Line
Principal stations

(for West Coast Main Line)
Fenny Stratford
Bow Brickhill
Woburn Sands
Aspley Guise
Kempston Hardwick
Bedford St Johns
(for Midland Main 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.

Passenger services are operated by Silverlink using Class 150/1 diesel multiple units as the line is not electrified.

The towns and villages served by the line are as follows:

Re-opening campaign

Main article: Varsity Line

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.[1][2]

A further increase in service frequency seems likely if the National institute for research into aquatic habitats [3] succeeds in its bid [4] to build the world's largest freshwater aquarium in Stewartby.


External links

Railway lines in Central England:
Main lines:  Cross-Country Route   Midland Main Line   West Coast Main Line
 Birmingham-Peterborough via Leicester Line   Birmingham-Worcester via Bromsgrove Line  
 Birmingham-Worcester via Kidderminster Line   Cherwell Valley Line   Chiltern Main Line  
 London-Aylesbury Line   Trent Valley Line   Welsh Marches Line   Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury Line
Commuter lines:  Birmingham-Rugeley "Chase" Line   Birmingham-Stratford Line   Birmingham-Walsall Line  
 Coventry-Nuneaton Line   Cross-City Line   Leicester-Loughborough "Ivanhoe" Line  
 Northampton Loop Line   Robin Hood Line   Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line  
 Stourbridge Junction-Stourbridge Town Line   Walsall-Wolverhampton Line 
Rural lines:  Cotswold Line   Crewe-Derby Line   Derwent Valley Line   Leamington-Stratford Line  
 Marston Vale Line   Nottingham-Lincoln Line   Nottingham to Grantham Line  
 Oxford-Bicester Line   Princes Risborough-Aylesbury Line   Shrewsbury-Chester Line

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