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Written by Richard Tearle - 02 May 2006
last update by Mark Bearton - 11 Mar 2009
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Location notes
Husborne Crawley Foot Crossing is located on the Bedford-Bletchley line, between the stations of Aspley Guise and Ridgmont, quite near M1 junction 13. There is no shelter should the weather turn nasty.
Railway type and traffic
The Bedford Bletchley line is operated by London Midland trains that run a mostly hourly service between the two stations, with all trains stopping at all of the stations on route, Monday to Saturday. Trains stop by request at Kempston Hardwick. There are no scheduled passenger trains on Sunday. These are operated by a small fleet of sprinter 150/1 units.
There are a number of freight workings, the most numerous being DB Schenker departmental workings to and from Forders Virtual Quarry (just to the east of Stewartby station). These workings serve locations on both the WCML and MML.
There is also a Tuesday and Friday, at the time of writing, morning Bletchley to Peak Forest stone empties, which leaves Bletchley between 10:20 and 10:40 - although earlier and later timings have been noted.
Environment
This small foot crossing in the middle of fields. The railway is quite tree lined at this point to the west, but open to the east. The track is very straight in both directions. You will be visible to any photographers using the A507 over bridge.
Road directions
From the M1, Junction 13:
Exit and head south on the A507. Continuing on this road (and ignoring the popular turn to Leighton Buzzard and Bedford). On the right is a small pull-in with space for several cars. Once parked follow the footpath down through several fields, and you will see the crossing.

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Parking
In the lay by, see the road directions.
Public transport
The foot crossing is roughly midway between Ridgmont and Aspley Guise stations, Ridgmont probably being slightly closer, which has hourly trains from Bedford and Bletchley.

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Amenities
There are no amenities on the station but there is a public house and the usual range of village shops in both Aspley Guise and Husborne Crawley.
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Husborne Crawley Foot Crossing

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Photographic notes
The foot crossing is on the edge of a lightly wooded area, and which provides nice dappled patterns in the summer, and nice foliage in the autumn, but again can be problems in winter and spring. To take photographs in this location you must be on the inside of the fence, although still on the crossing, as the fence is too far back.


General views - All photographs © Richard Tearle unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west

This is the west facing view from the southern side of the line, showing the straight length, and some of the trees in the area.
This was taken in August (although a dull day) at 10:20 with a 40mm lens.

Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east

This is the east facing view from the northern side of the line, showing the curve of the line under the A507 bridge.
This was taken on a dull March afternoon at 16:26 with a 50mm lens.

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