Ridgmont Station pulls away as railway workers and community volunteers join in celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Marston Vale line

The station, which sits on the line between Bedford and Bletchley, saw a team of 6 Network Rail employees working alongside the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership.

The works which took place on Tuesday, November 16 saw the completion of works including brush clearing, garbage removal and brush clearing of the station parking lot.

Credit: Rail network

The work carried out increased the capacity of the parking lot and created space for the Marston Vale community partnership to cultivate a new pond.

Ridgmont Station Community Volunteer Day
Credit: Rail network

The Marston Vale line is set to celebrate its 175th anniversary in style with events planned for the rest of the year.

Class 230 on the Marston Vale line
Credit: Rail network

James Dean, Network Rail’s West Coast South Route Manager, said:

“Network Rail encourages staff to help out in their local communities and we are committed to making a difference in the daily experience of rail passengers. We want stations to be a clean and welcoming environment for the people who pass through them and when passengers return to the station it is more important than ever to make sure that is the case.

Stephen Sleight, Partnership Manager for Marston Vale Community Rail, said:

“We really appreciate the help from Network Rail to help us cut down on bulky vegetation and give the station a facelift. With events planned this month to celebrate the lines 175th anniversary, it was great to involve the team to make the station at its best.

The Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership is one of a growing number of community rail partnerships across the country that engage communities and help people get the most from their railroad, the initiative also promotes social inclusion at sides of sustainable travel.

For more information on how Network Rail works with community groups, visit:

https://www.networkrail.co.uk/communities/community-rail/

More information on the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership can be found here:

https://www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk/

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