Residents invited to find out more about railway upgrade in Bedford: Residents invited to Drop In on 1 August 2018

Wednesday 25 Jul 2018

Residents invited to find out more about railway upgrade in Bedford

Region & Route:
London North Eastern & East Midlands

Network Rail is inviting residents and businesses in Bedford to find out more about work in the area as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade.

The latest phase of work will be piling, the process of installing foundations for the masts and gantries that will carry overhead line equipment.

Piling involves driving cylindrical steel structures deep into the ground and can be noisy, with work taking place overnight when fewer trains run.

Network Rail is inviting anyone with any concerns or questions to a drop in event on on Wednesday 1 August between 09:00 and 17:00 at the Harpur Shopping Centre, Bedford.

Representatives from Network Rail will be on hand to answer any questions which residents and businesses may have.

Ed Akers, principal programme  sponsor at Network Rail, said: “We previously changed the schedule for piling to avoid exam season, but now the work needs to take place as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade.

“Piling can be noisy and we would encourage anyone with queries or concerns to attend the drop-in event. This upgrade will bring benefits to the thousands of passengers who travel on the line and we’d like to thank residents and businesses for their patience whilst this work takes place.”

Anyone who can’t make the event but wants to learn more about the work can call the Network Rail National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41 or for more information about piling visit

Notes to Editors

The stand will be located adjacent to Greggs within the shopping centre

Harpur Centre
Home Lane
Bedford MK40 1TJ

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

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Joanne Parker

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