The relaunch special tickets offer on the Marston Vale railway line has been extended to August, offering return tickets for just £1.

Marston Vale line overlay on Open Street Map

Since services resumed in February, thousands of passengers have taken advantage of the promotional £1 single fare (50p for children) on the route, which runs between Bedford and Bletchley. Due to the popularity of the offer, London Northwestern Railway (LNR) has confirmed that the special fare will remain available until August.

Under the offer, a single journey between any two stations on the Marston Vale Line will continue to cost just £1 (50p for children). The promotion represents a discount of up to 90% on the standard fare, depending on the journey.

Jonny Wiseman, LNR customer experience director, said: “We have been delighted with the positive response to this ticket offer from our passengers following a frustrating period for our passengers on the Marston Vale Line.

“By keeping this offer open during the spring and summer months we hope to encourage even more passengers to leave the car at home explore the beautiful countryside and attractions the line has to offer.”

Prior to resumption of the train service in February, a partial timetable has been in operation on the line since November 2023. Before this the line had been served by rail replacement buses since December 2022, after the company which maintained the Class 230 trains previously used on the route entered administration.

The full timetable sees hourly services running in each direction between Bedford and Bletchley from Monday to Saturday, including bank holidays. There is no Sunday service on the Marston Vale Line.

You will need to get to either Bletchley or Bedford — and a quick check online suggests that St Pancras International to Bedford on a Saturday is available for about £15 versus Euston to Bletchley for £22.

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