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ERTA Bedford-Cambridge Rail Link Route Suggestion - October 2018
This rough diagram shows the route ERTA supports and we note the following:
starting from the Bedford end first, we may observe the following:
Keynes Central will have trains from Aylesbury and Bedford will have trains
from Oxford. Change at Bletchley Flyover new station for interchange between
Midland Station and tracks between it and St John’s need reconfiguration more
or less back to pre-1977 current Bedford Midland design. Accommodation, through
running and capacity for more is what the current layout is not designed for.
sidings need relocation to Wellingborough or Kettering or Corby with the new
old St John’s is of a 4-coach configuration, so 8 coach trains will rule it out
surely? But the redemption of the old route gives, with level crossings at
Cardington Road and entrance to Priory off Barker’s Lane and the raising of the
A421 Bypass with an underpass for the railway 4.5 miles of relay-able railway
there we have 3 competing routes: 'C2-2'
/ 'CBRR'. C2-2 follows more or less the old route, CBRR going on a completely
new route. To simplify, one suggestion is to follow the A421 corridor to
parallel to St Neots Bypass, past Eltisley, Cambourne and enter Cambridge via
Chesterton Junction. This balmy idea means gradients, tunnelling, completely
new build and getting rid of the Cambridge-St Ives Guided Busway. No tears lost
there per se!
National Rail Infrastructure Commission wanted to bypass Bedford via Wixams.
Network Rail or whoever is responsible, are to
bring forward a proposed Central Route in Spring of 2019. Development
encroaches apace. Delay would haemorrhage progress.
utilising the corridor of the old route as it is as straight as you care to
find, serves East Bedfordshire linking to the County Town of Bedford and you
can add tracks to link from St Neots north of Sandy, ditto St Neots – Cambridge
via the same old Bedford-Cambridge railway and corridor.
should be made an interchange. Yes, realignments are needed at Willington and
Blunham, exacerbated by piecemeal interim planning decisions and the course of
the River Great Ouse.
and Gamlingay old route is completely obliterated, recovery would be massively
opposed and upheaval laden with cost. Bypassing the two with a shared Parkway
Station would be sensible, but will Central Beds Council’s laisse-fare approach
to parcels of land for development, keep a window of land to allow Sandy – east
of Gamlingay new deviation route to be recovered?
go south encounters the Wrestlingworth and Clopden Hills. Hence wrapping around
built Potton and Gamlingay and following more or less the old route is
the M11 with a bridge to allow trains to go under it. Tunnel under housing and
Trumpington Park and Ride.
New Junction in the Long Road Bridges area,
heads east for East Anglia via Cambridge!
Caption Above: How times change? Taken circa 2005 by Richard Pill, these ex-Bedpan
Class 317’s stand in the former Bedford Bays at Cambridge Station facing south.
Former flour mill in the background. Will Bedford bound trains ever arrive at
this destination again? ERTA issues a call to action to inform they do in a
timely manner. If you support the logic of our stance, why not join our free news and email loop? email@example.com - together we can make a difference! Here's a worked up interpretation of the above diagram: