Marston Vale Line

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The Marston Vale Line (Network Rail route MD 140) is the railway line from Bletchley to Bedford in England. It is one of two surviving passenger-carrying sections of the "Varsity Line" between Oxford and Cambridge.

It was designated by the Department for Transport as a community rail line in November 2006.


The line is part of the Network Rail Strategic Route 18, SRS 18.12 and is classified as a Rural line.

Silverlink (1996 to 2007)

Silverlink operated the link from privatisation in 1996 until the franchise renewal in 2007.Services were initially in the hands of a mixture of heritage slam-door diesel multiple units formed of 2-car Class 117 and single-car Class 121 units until replacement with Class 150/1 trains inherited from Central Trains.

London Midland (From November 2007)

Passenger services are operated by London Midland, using Class 153 single-car diesel multiple units and two-car class 150 unit. An hourly service operates in each direction Monday-Saturday.


Apart from a short length of single track at both ends, the line is double track, and is not electrified (barring short lengths at either end). It has a loading gauge of W8 and a line speed of 60 mph. The line's Signalling Centre is at .

Community Rail Partnership

The Marston Vale Line is one of a number of British Railways that is covered by a Community Rail Partnership, known as the . Like other...
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