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VolkerFitzpatrick To Construct Bletchley High Level Station

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail Technology Magazine.

Three visualisations and the words confirm a lot of the features of the station.

  • Six low-level platforms on the West Coast Main Line and two high-level platforms on the East-West Railway.
  • Full step-free access.
  • The two new high-level platforms will be numbered 7 and 8 and be connected by an underpass.
  • A new entrance on the Eastern side of the station.

From the visualisations, it doesn’t look to be a cheap and nasty design.

July 20, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

8 Comments »

  1. Indeed; it looks quite stylish, which makes an agreeable change. Let’s hope NR or its successor doesn’t spoil its clean, rather Art Deco, lines with ugly prison fencing and the usual clutter of poles for lighting, signage, CCTV etc.

    If the railways want to attract passengers – especially leisure and high-end business travellers – back to rail, a lot more effort needs to be invested in well-designed, attractive, human-scale buildings of this kind, served by trains with top class interior design and comfortable seats. We have had to endure too many wantonly ugly buildings and passenger-unfriendly trains in recent years. Railways don’t exist for the benefit of engineers; they have no other purpose except to serve their customers.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | July 20, 2021 | Reply

    • Agreed!

      Given that Reading, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge and the large East Anglia cities are all electrified, I believe passenger trains should be battery-electric, which would fit the purpose of the railway.

      I also believe overhead wires will be fought in certain parts of the route with a vengeance.

      The railway will carry freight, but by the time it fully opens, I am certain that zero-carbon hydrogen-electric freight locomotives will be universally available.

      The stations are a mixed bunch with some at a good standard already.

      The new ones must be designed with flare like Reading.

      Comment by AnonW | July 20, 2021 | Reply

  2. This station is on the Varsity line. I believe this line not work unless trains run into MK station. They have to run in, then reverse out. A curve from Bedford to MK is built. So it appears that is out, unless great expense in remopving the buildings.

    Comment by John | July 25, 2021 | Reply

  3. As one of the original intentions was to run Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, there must be at least space for a curve. Or will Oxford and Milton Keynes services switch to the West Coast Main Line at Bletchley?

    Comment by AnonW | July 26, 2021 | Reply

    • Trains can run into MK from the west. They cannot run out of MK to the east as a curve is built on. So, a Cambridge to Oxford service cannot include MK as a stop, which with will make the service far less appealing. An Oxford-Cambridge service can be via Bletchley only.

      Will they spend the money to CPO some shed buildings for this line? I doubt it.

      Comment by John | July 29, 2021 | Reply

      • It looks like if you want to go between Bedford or Cambridge and Milton Keynes, there’ll be an annoying change at Bletchley.

        It probably means that the Aylesbury and Milton Keynes service should be run.

        I seem to remember years ago, there were plans for the Bletchley and Bedford service to terminate at Milton Keynes.

        Comment by AnonW | July 29, 2021

  4. I don’t see why changing trains at Bletchley is such a big deal. Those of us who commute in London do this sort of thing daily. You get off the Bedford train at High Level and walk a few yards into a lift and go down to LL where, if they get the connections right, 10 mins later there’ll be a train for MK. A mild inconvenience that you soon get used to rather than a deal-breaker, I’d suggest.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | July 29, 2021 | Reply

    • They better get the change better than Cambridge. I’d come off the train from Newmarket just in time to see fast London train puff out of the station.

      Comment by AnonW | July 29, 2021 | Reply


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