despite vigorous opposition, all except the original Bedford to
Bletchley section was to lose its passenger services on the last day of
1967. Since then the remaining line has seen little investment, falling
passenger figures and has twice more been on the brink of closure.
March 1980 the Railway Development Society called a Public Meeting in
Bedford at which was formed the voluntary - Bedford to Bletchley Rail
Users' Association. The new group was charged with the remit to 'breathe
new life into the railway' and thus help to prevent closure.
tentative beginnings the association has grown and has forged a good working relationship with rail managers,
local authority representatives etc.
All stations between Bedford and Bletchley have seen
significant refurbishment. The year 2000 finally saw the old heritage
diesel trains replaced by more reliable Sprinter trains.
rail line is now part of the extensive East
West Rail project.