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Written by Marcus Dawson - 19 Aug 2009
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Location notes
A foot bridge over the line, where the railway crosses the river Great Ouse, in Bedford Town Center.
Railway type and traffic
The Bedford to Bletchley line is operated by London Midland trains that run a mostly hourly service between the two stations. Trains stop by request at Kempston Hardwick. There are no scheduled passenger trains on Sunday. These are operated by a small fleet of either 150 or 153 units. Frieght is currently sparse along the route, but it frequently used by workings heading from the Midland Main line traveling to the south, cutting across to Bletchley.
Environment
A well used foot path between two sections of Bedford. The footpath also passes under the railway line so most people tend to take the underpass and avoid the bridge.
Road directions
From the A421 take the A6 junction into Bedford Town Centre and follow this road until you reach the roundabout just after Bedford St Johns Station, unless you can get in the small car park there. At the roundabout take the first exit and follow the signs for the 'Town Centre/Midland Station'. You will drive past the location on your left, but there are no suitable places to park untill the station.

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Bedford, Great Ouse Crossing map co-ordinates
Parking
As well as the Midland and St Johns station car parks there are a couple of car parks in the immediate area but check the restrictions carefully before parking. Most of the roads are private with residential restrictions. The more affordable car parks are quite some distance walk in the town centre.
Public transport
First Capital Connect and East Midlands Trains operates into Bedford's 'Midland' station, with London Midland serving the actual Bedford to Bletchley 'branch'. Both the Midland and St. John Station are about a 10 minute walk from the location. But given the frequency of services the walk would be better from the Midland Station.

From Bedford Midland Station:
Exit the station and turn right, heading down Ashburnham Road. At the mini roundabout follow the road left as it changes to Midland Road and then take the next right at the roundabout onto Prebend Street and follow this road to the river, from here there is a ramp on the right that leads to the location.

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Amenities
There is nothing at the location, but the town centre is about 10 minutes walk away where you should be able to find anything you might need.
Accommodation
There is a travel lodge type hotel just off the A421/A6 roundabout.
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Bedford, Great Ouse Crossing

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Photographic notes
The primary shot here is from the eastern side of the line. Either from the footbridge or it's steps or from the river bank. It is worth noting though, if shooting from the bank that the bridge sides are roughly the same height as a platform and will, as such, obscure the view of the trains bogies and underframes.
There may well be shots from the southern river bank, but as yet access to the area has yet to be determined.
The signal to the north of the location has a 'theatre box' which will indicate 'B' for the bay platform, which is standard for local units. Anything else will be routed out into the main platforms and will probably not be a local unit!


General views - All photographs © Marcus Dawson unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north - Image Richard Stringer


Fig 1 - Looking north - <i>Image  Richard Stringer</i>


Fig 2 - Looking east - Image Richard Stringer


Fig 2 - Looking east - <i>Image  Richard Stringer</i>


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 5 - Looking north



Fig 5 - Looking north


Fig 6 - Looking south



Fig 6 - Looking south

From the western side of the foot bridge, showing the restricted view due to the tree growth.

Fig 7 - Looking north



Fig 7 - Looking north

From the western side of the bridge.

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