John Speller's Web Pages Bedford - Cambridge Line

John Speller's Web Pages - Projected Railroads
Bedford - Cambridge Line (England)
The Oxford to Bedford section of the old London & North Western Railway "Varsity" line, closed under the Beeching Axe. There are currently proposals to build a new Oxford to Bedford line, possibly passing through Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, and making use of some former GWR and LMS lines. It is hoped hoped that Bedford to Cambridge section of the "Varsity" line will also reopen, but this is very problematical in that the old LMS line was sold off and has subsequently been heavily redeveloped. It will therefore be necessary to find another route for the line between Bedford and Cambridge. My suggestion for this is first to use the northern part of the old Midland Railway Bedford to Hitchin line, once part of the Midland Railway's main line to London, but closed even before the Beeching Axe, and heavily redeveloped in its southern section. Then to use the northern part of the Hitchin to Cambridge line, which is extant and open, and then to build a new spur line between the two, avoiding the redeveloped sections of the Bedford to Hitchin line.
Map of the proposed Bedford to Cambridge line
Cardington, Bedfordshire. Trackbed of the Bedford to Hitchin line, with the old station and former air ship hangars. Image copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
Warden Tunnel, between Cardington and Southill, the major engineering work on the Bedford to Hitchin line is happily preserved. Image copyright d brewerton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
Southill station on the former Midland Railway Bedford to Hitchin line. Image copyright Richard Thomas and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License
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