The Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’
Association (BBRUA) is a voluntary group formed in 1980 to help
promote and thus help secure a future for this often-threatened
rail service through the Marston Vale.
The association has approximately 300
members including a number of corporate members such as schools,
councils and local organizations. Find
us on Facebook
Train services on what is now known as the Marston Vale Line
(originally part of the Oxford to Cambridge route) are currently
operated by West Midlands Trains, operating as London
Northwestern. The first class 230 D-Train
purchased by West Midlands Trains (WMT) for London Northwestern
Railway’s (LNR) service on the Marston Vale Line began
passenger operations on April 23 2019. Read
more about these trains.
Visit the Heritage
Centre and Ridgmont
Tea Room, both on the
Marston Vale Line.
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BBRUA regularly meet
with managers responsible for the rail service with representatives from
Network Rail and local authorities. We work closely with the
Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership. TheirFacebook page can be found
BBRUA is a corporate member of Railfuture(formerly
The Railway Development Society).
As well as campaigning for reliable train services for the regular
passengers using the trains for work, school, shopping, etc the
association views the rail service as having increasing potential for
leisure travel, particularly with the growth of the Marston
Vale Community Forest close to Millbrook and Stewartby stations, the
Bunyan Museums in
Bedford and Bletchley Park..
At the moment we
expect additional services will come to the the line in 2023/2024,
running from Bedford to Oxford and calling at Ridgmont and Woburn Sands.
BBRUA continues to campaign for through running of trains to Milton
Keynes Central but this is proving difficult to achieve with the current
structure of the railway.