Transport Links to Bedford
Bedford by Road
Bedford is situated between the M1 and A1 motorways. The A421 Bedford bypass provides a link between and excellent access to both motorways. The M1 is a 10 minute drive form Bedford, which is just 36 miles outside the M25, meaning that you can reach North London within an hour, and most London locations within two.
As part of the area’s growth plans, key roads will continue to be widened and upgraded to improve access even further. The A421 means that Milton Keynes is just a half hour drive from Bedford, as is Cambridge. And if your business takes you abroad, Bedford is ideally located for easy access to Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Luton airport is only a 15 minute drive away.
Bedford by Rail
Bedford boasts two train stations in Midland and St. John’s. Bedford Midland is the town’s main commuter station, with a fast rail service into King’s Cross as well as connections from London St Pancras through Bedford to Leicester, Derby, Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds.
Trains run into London every 10 to 15 minutes with a journey time of just over an hour. There are many rail infrastructure improvement plans in place, which will reduce the journey time for commuters in the next few years.
St. Pancras is home to the Eurostar, connecting the UK with continental Europe, and Bedford to Paris is now a journey of under 3 hours, as is Bedford to Brussels.
St John’s Station serves the local area, running services on Marston Vale line to Bletchley, soon to be linked to Milton Keynes Central station.
Bedford by Bike
There are almost 1,000 kilometres of Public Rights of Way in the Bedford Borough area, linking Bedford to surrounding towns and villages to the beautiful countryside and landscape of the county. Bedfordshire is relatively flat, making walking and cycling easier, whatever your fitness level.
For the latest walking and cycling map for Bedford and Kempston please visit the Travel Bedford website.
The Let’s Go website is also a great source of free downloadable maps and directions for walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers and equestrian pursuits.
National Cycle Network Routes in Bedfordshire
Sustrans is a voluntary body working with Bedford Borough Council to grow the National Cycle Network (NCN) and to build more off-road and quiet road cycle routes in Bedfordshire.
There are currently 3 NCN routes in Bedfordshire. The plan is that eventually these will link up as a triangle around Bedfordshire, connecting Milton Keynes, Sandy and Welwyn Garden City by cycle path. Some of these routes are still under construction.
NCN 51 west section from Milton Keynes, via Marston Moretaine, to Bedford
This route is yet to be completed. The final route will be built as part of the Wixams development. The route currently has diversions due to subsidence and also a few on-road sections.
NCN 51 east section from Bedford to Sandy
This high quality off-road route follows the disused railway line along the River Ouse and passes the Danish Camp at Willington. A gentle cycle, it is ideal for families and beginner cyclists.
NCN 5 West Circular Route
Running to the west of Bedford, this 6 mile route starts at County Bridge and runs through Queen’s Park, Great Denham, and Biddenham, exclusively using off road tracks and quiet roads.
North Beds Villages Route
For the more adventurous cyclist, this is a 33 mile circular route taking in the villages of Thurleigh, Sharnbrook, Harrold, Rushden, Swineshead and Riseley.
The Ouse Valley Route
Another circular route, the 16 mile route sets out from Bedford going north to Bromham, Oakley, Pavenham, Felmersham, Odell, Chellington, Carlton, Stevington before coming back to Bromham
St Neots Riverside Route
A pleasant 26 mile cylce from Bedford to St Neots along the river passing through Wilden, Colmworth, Bushmead and Upper Staploe