Ridgmont railway station

Ridgmont railway station is a small unstaffed railway station that serves the village of Ridgmont in Bedfordshire. The station is about 1 mile (2 km) away from Ridgmont on the other side of the M1 Motorway, (beside Junction 13), Brogborough and Husborne Crawley. It also serves the large Amazon warehouse next door.

Ridgmont
National Rail
Ridgmont looking towards bedford.jpg
General information
LocationRidgmont, Central Bedfordshire
England
Coordinates52°01′34″N 0°35′42″W / 52.026°N 0.595°W / 52.026; -0.595Coordinates: 52°01′34″N 0°35′42″W / 52.026°N 0.595°W / 52.026; -0.595
Grid referenceSP965373
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeRID
ClassificationDfT category F2
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 34,388
2017/18Increase 36,450
2018/19Decrease 31,532
2019/20Decrease 26,208
2020/21Decrease 6,400
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

It is on the BletchleyBedford Marston Vale Line.

TrainsEdit

The station is served by London Northwestern Railway Bletchley — Bedford local services. Services are operated using Class 230 multiple units. Although not geographically the midpoint of the line, many train services 'cross' at Ridgmont station. There is no Sunday passenger service timetabled although the line remains open with signalers on duty at the Marston Vale Signalling Centre at Ridgmont.

FutureEdit

It is planned that the Marston Vale line will be upgraded as part of the East West Rail programme, to permit 100 mph (160 km/h) running. The Oxford-Bedford services are planned to stop here.[1]

Former station houseEdit

The former station house, built in 1846 in the Cottage Orné architectural style, underwent a total refurbishment in 2014 managed by the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC) with funding from the Railway Heritage Trust. A tea room, gift shop, disabled access and toilets, additional car parking, three small 'start-up' offices and a meeting room have been provided. The former Victorian booking office has been restored as a small heritage centre.[2]

Scenes from the feature film 'One Day' were filmed at the station.

General informationEdit

Ridgmont is in sight of Junction 13 of the M1 motorway and the station is adjacent to a number of distribution centres.

It was at Ridgmont that a new Marston Vale signalling control centre was built as part of the Bedford — Bletchley route modernisation in 2004. This centre replaced all the signal boxes and block posts (some contained within station buildings including Ridgmont) on the route.

 
View of Ridgmont Railway Station from the A507 bypass

ServicesEdit

An hourly service operates in each direction, Mondays to Saturdays.[3]

Preceding station     National Rail   Following station
London Northwestern Railway
Marston Vale Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Future Services  
Line open
East West Rail
Line open

Community Rail PartnershipEdit

Ridgmont station, in common with others on the Marston Vale Line, is covered by the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership,[4] which aims to increase use of the line by involving local people.

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  • Train times and station information for Ridgmont railway station from National Rail
  • Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1114037)". National Heritage List for England.