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Written by Tony Rispoli - 09 Sep 2007
last update by Marcus Dawson - 20 Jul 2009
and by David Palmer - 07 Jan 2015
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Location notes
This location was originally 'Oakley Station Bridge', this bridge was demolished to make way for the Midland Main Line Electrification extension. The view point now referrs to the next bridg enorth.
A very quiet area, just north of Bedford on the Midland Main Line. This site used to have a railway station until 1958, when it was closed.
Railway type and traffic
HSTs and Meridians are the mainstay but there are occasional charters as well.
There is a light smattering of freight on the line and there are the odd Serco test train formations running to or from Derby.
Oakley is a small village which used to have a railway station until 1958 when it was closed. The bridge is on a main road through the village and is used by pedestrians.
Road directions
Come off the A6 'Paula Radcliffe Way' and follow the signs for Oakley. At the cross roads turn left on to Station Road and continue up the hill to the next cross roads. Turn right and you cross over the bridge.

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Oakley High Field Road Bridge map co-ordinates
There is roadside parking on the side roads close to the bridge.
Public transport
There is a bus to the village. Stagecoach Bedford will have timetable information for the Route 51 from Bedford.

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Nearest facilities would be in Bedford.
Plenty to be found in Bedford.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Oakley High Field Road Bridge

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Streetmap links
Oakley High Field Road Bridge general view map
Oakley High Field Road Bridge close up map

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Oakley High Field Road Bridge

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Photographic notes
A high bridge over the line. The line sweeps in from the north east offering a range of focal length views. Road noise may affect video soundtracks.

General views - All photographs © Tony Rispoli unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south - Image David Palmer

Fig 1 - Looking south - <i>Image  David Palmer</i>

Passing under the scaffolding that surrounded the now demolished bridge.

Fig 2 - Looking south - Image David Palmer

Fig 2 - Looking south - <i>Image  David Palmer</i>

Fig 3 - No longer available

Fig 3 - No longer available

A northbound HST on the fast and the Multi Purpose Vehicle is southbound on the slow road.
The bridge in the bacground of this shot still remains and will offer similar views.

Fig 4 - No longer available

Fig 4 - No longer available

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