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Strategies and major projects

These transport strategies and projects range help shape transport and travel in and around Bedford Borough. 

Transporting Bedford 2020 strategy

Transporting Bedford 2020 is a strategy set to tackle congestion hot spots across Bedford.

Rail Investment Strategy: A Rail Strategy for Bedford

Bedford Borough Council has launched a Rail Investment Strategy, setting out priorities for railway services for Bedford Borough. The priorities of the Rail Investment Strategy focus around new and better connectivity and stations.

Better rail services are considered to be essential to support economic growth and prosperity, and to improve life choices for people living, working and visiting the Borough. The Council has laid out its plan to work with rail industry parties including Network Rail and the Department for Transport.

The Council will push for Bedford Borough to have better rail connectivity through East West Rail linking us to Oxford and Cambridge and then through to the Thames Valley, East Anglia and the West Midlands.

Bromham Road bridge

From Monday 4 March 2019, there will be a partial closure of the A4280 over the bridge (supported by a vehicle diversion via Clapham Road). Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the work, but drivers will be affected so please allow more time for your journey if you travel this route.

Visit Network Rail for more information.

Network Rail announced it will start the electrification of the Midland Main Line, which means carrying out essential work to raise the Bromham Road Bridge.

East West Rail

East West Rail is a major project to establish a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England. Bedford and Cambridge route option public consultation ran from 28 January to 11 March 2019. 

Thameslink programme 

The Thameslink Programme is a government-funded £7bn programme of work to introduce new and improved stations, new track, new cross-London routes and new longer and more frequent trains with the express purpose of reducing overcrowding. 

Service disruption expected while construction work is underway at stations in London which may effect Bedford Borough. Please continue to check before you travel

Wixams rail station

Wixams new settlement is 3 miles (5km) south of Bedford and covers an area of some 384 hectares. 

The original plan for the Wixams development included the provision of a railway station. Following considerable delays and an absence of any progress on building a station through the planning process, we are proposing to step in and commit £14 million of capital funds to fill the funding gap and deliver the station. These funds would be recouped from a share of the fares through an agreement with the rail industry.