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Written by Richard Tearle - 02 May 2006
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Location notes
Aspley Guise foot crossing is located on the Bedford-Bletchley line, between the stations of Aspley Guise station and the level crossing at the end of Berry Lane. There is a small run down shed that may provide 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 are approximately half way between Aspley Guise station and Berry Lane Crossing, both of which are clearly visible at this location. The visible automatic barriers at Aspley station give an indication of approaching rail traffic.
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), brings one into the village of Aspley Guise. Take the first road on the right, called Church Street, and then the next right, down Berry Lane.

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Parking
There is a small amount of parking just past the start of the footpath that leads to the crossing. Make sure you leave enough room for field access, and for passing traffic to get past.
Public transport
By far the easiest way to this location is to use the rail service from either Bletchley or Bedford. There are several, infrequent buses, all originating at Leighton Buzzard, including services 10 and 139 operated by Palmer and Litchfield respectively. From the station, walk south down Salford Road until you come to the entrance to Berry Lane on the right, follow this road until you come to a footpath sign on the left. This should be a 10 to 15 minute walk.

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Amenities
There are no amenities in the immediate area but there is a public house and the usual range of village shops in Aspley Guise itself.
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Apsley Guise, Berry Lane Foot Crossing

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Photographic notes
The Bedford Bletchley line is running mainly east-west, but slightly south-east to north-west at this point. Photography is probably best in the morning for east bound traffic, and best in the afternoon for west bound traffic. The line is very straight heading in both directions - with the line fairly tree lined in both directions.


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, the length of straight track in this direction. In the near distance is Aspley Guise station, crossing barrier and old crossing cottage.
This was taken on a bright February morning at 10:10 with a 35mm lens.

Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east

This is the east facing view from the southern side of the line, the length of straight track in this direction - it is just possible to make out the bridge at Husborne Crawley in the distance.
This was taken on a bright February morning at 10:10 with a 35mm lens.

Fig 3 - Looking west


Fig 3 - Looking west

This is the east facing view from the northern side of the line.
This was taken on a bright February morning at 10:10 with a 35mm lens.

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