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Once Bedford Midland, Bedford station is the larger of two stations serving the second largest town in Bedfordshire. The historic market town lies on the River Great Ouse and throughout its history has made its name in the lace, wool, brewing and engineering industries. The river remains a focal point for events, with the Bedford River Festival and Bedford Regatta attracting big crowds. The current station was built in 1978, but there were two previous incarnations dating back to 1859, with developments thanks to the expanding rail network and bomb damage during WWII. Situated to the west of the town centre, the station is less than 10 minutes' walk from the main shopping area with both high-street retailers and independent shops, many undercover in the Grade II-listed Harpur Centre and arcades. The bus station, river and gardens along the Embankment are also within easy walking distance.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays05:45 - 21:00
Saturday 05:45 - 21:00
Sunday 07:15 - 21:15
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
ShopsAvailable
PostboxAvailable
TelephonesAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
ATMAvailable
ATM notes
ATM located in ticket hall
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Nearest station with more facilities
The nearest station(s) with more facilities other than Bedford are: Wellingborough and Luton Airport Parkway
ToiletsAvailable
ShowersUnavailable
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFiUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Staff Help notes
Please phone the Helpline on 0800 058 2844 to ensure that arrangements are in place.
Customer help pointsAvailable
CCTVAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
EverydayOpen 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces702
Carpark charges
Annual£1,290.00
Daily£7.70
Monthly£129.00
Off-peak£3.00
Three Monthly£361.00
Weekly£36.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces526
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
front right hand side, and station front
Cycle storage notesMajority of the cycle ranks are sheltered
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes

Ramp access to main entrance. Lifts and stairs to all platforms. Barriers with side gate for easy wheelchair access

Ramps for train accessAvailable
WheelchairsAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are available

Bedford has five platforms: access to 1 and 1a is from the station building itself, to get to platforms 2 to 4 take the pedestrian bridge via lift or stairs. Directly outside the station is a taxi rank and pay-and-display car parking for 702 cars, open 24 hours a day. There are also storage spaces for 526 bikes, the majority of which are sheltered.

Departures and arrivals from Bedford

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Bedford station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to NottinghamEast Midlands Railway10:544On time
to London BlackfriarsThameslink11:052On time
to London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway11:152On time
to BrightonThameslink11:191On time
to SheffieldEast Midlands Railway11:274On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway10:544On time
from SheffieldEast Midlands Railway11:152On time
from BrightonThameslink11:171Late
from London St Pancras InternationalEast Midlands Railway11:264On time
from London BlackfriarsThameslink11:372Late

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