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Marston Vale Line: Disruption continues on Tuesday

Press release   •   Mar 02, 2020 17:00 GMT

Passengers using the Marston Vale Line are being warned to expect continued disruption to journeys on Tuesday (Mar 3) while Network Rail engineers examine level crossing malfunctions.

Following a series of faults at crossings between Ridgmont and Bedford, part of the line has remained closed to trains since last Thursday.

Replacement buses will again be in operation on Tuesday. It is expected trains will be able to run between Bletchley and Stewartby, with buses in operation between Stewartby and Bedford.

Lawrence Bowman, customer experience director for London Northwestern Railway, which operates services on the Marston Vale Line, said:

"We apologise for the continued disruption and inconvenience to our customers. Safety is our top priority and we cannot allow trains to run until we receive the all-clear from Network Rail.

"Passengers are advised to check live travel information before setting out and to leave more time for their journeys, particularly if they are travelling between Bedford and Stewartby."

Passengers are advised to check their journeys by visiting www.lnr.uk/plan

Any passengers delayed by 15 minutes or more as a result of the issue can claim compensation via the Delay Repay scheme at www.lnr.uk/delayrepay

About West Midlands Trains

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West Midlands Trains operates both West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway services.

  • London Northwestern Railway services operate between Liverpool and Birmingham, and on the West Coast mainline to and from London Euston.
  • West Midlands Railway services operate to destinations across the West Midlands via Birmingham New Street.

For more information on these services visit westmidlandsrailway.co.uk or londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk

The West Midlands Trains franchise started on 10 December 2017 and will run until 2025/26.

West Midlands Trains operates 1,300 services a day, manages 150 stations and provides over 80 million passenger journeys a year. Over the course of the franchise, West Midlands Trains will be investing £1 billion into the rail network to deliver new trains, improved routes and station upgrades. This will include 400 new train carriages across the network and space for an extra 85,000 passengers into Birmingham and London at peak times.

The franchise is a joint venture between Abellio (70.1% share) and East Japan Railway Company / Mitsui & Co., Ltd (29.9% share in a 50:50 split). Abellio is the international passenger transport subsidiary of the Dutch national railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In the UK, Abelllio operates ScotRail and Greater Anglia train services, Merseyrail services in a joint venture with Serco and buses through Abellio London. For more information visit www.abellio.com

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