About us

The Bedford Commuters Association aims to promote and protect the interests of commuters and local rail users travelling to and from Bedford Midland and Flitwick Stations. We aim to work closely and co-operatively with representatives of the Train Operation Companies, Govia Thameslink Railway and East Midland Railways, and with local government and other bodies with an interest in local rail matters.

The Bedford Commuters Association (BCA) was established in 1973. As an officially recognised body we hold regular meetings with East Midland Railways and Govia Thameslink Railway. These Train Operators Companies actively consult us for our views on proposed timetable changes. Among the issues regularly addressed are: safe and secure station car parks, ease of buying a ticket, station and on-train security, over-crowding, reliability, staffing levels and improved customer care.

We lobby the Train Operating Companies, local MPs etc. for improvements to service & infrastructure, and the relevant Local Authorities for better local public transport integration between bus and rail services. We publish Newsletters four to six times a year to keep you informed of our activities. Our strength and influence is directly related to our membership numbers, so please renew or join the BCA. To do so please go to the Join the BCA page

Whllst we do not represent users on the Bedford – Bletchley Marston Vale service, we are happy to report that the full service is restored from Monday 19 February 2024. There is also a special promotion to encourage users back to the line. For 3 months, single Adult fares will be £1, Children 50p for any single journey between two stations on the line. For further details please see https://www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk/full-timetable-to-resume-on-19th-february-2024

A team from Marston Vale CRP, Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users’ Association and a number of Station Friends Groups were on trains throughout the day on Monday to welcome passengers back. Timetables, pens and special cakes were distributed. Please see https://www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk/full-train-service-restored-to-the-marston-vale-line-with-1-ticket-offer

The resumption of the full timetable and introduction of the £1 ticket offer has been very well received with good passenger loadings and uptake of the 25% discount for rail passengers at Gallone’s ice Cream in Bedford.

The next part of the relaunch is a community competition to name one of the Class 150 units.  Please see  https://www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk/train-naming-competition