Herts and Beds

We are an integral part of Railfuture's London and South East regional branch. We aim to be the leading independent advocate for the rail industry and rail users in Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire, working closely and co-operatively with Rail User Groups, Community Rail Partnerships and other stakeholders in the area.


Meetings are held approximately monthly, for about an hour or so – and normally online on Zoom. Our next couple of meetings are:
- Tuesday 14th June at 19.30
- Thursday 14th July at 19.30.

Going forward, our plan is to continue with mainly virtual meetings on Zoom, but we also intend to have the occasional in-person meeting and in-person socials. Zoom as been working well as a means of keeping in touch and abreast of developments on the railway, with GTR, Herts CC & Luton BC representatives and colleagues from neighbouring East Anglia, East Midlands and Thames Valley branches regularly participating. Email the Herts & Beds Division Convener Neil Middleton - neil.middleton@railfuture.org.uk - for an invite and to be added to the local email distribution list.

Topics for our meetings have ranged over new timetables, ticketing issues, engineering works, performance, thoughts about aspirations for the post-GTR era, reactions to the prospect of Great Northern Metro (ie Moorgate) services being devolved by the DfT to TfL, ticketing, and fares.


Within our Herts & Beds Division there are seven Rail User Groups affiliated to Railfuture:

The local Community Rail Partnerships in our area, under the auspices of the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity, are:

Our Local Government interactions are mainly with Hertfordshire County Council and the three unitary authorities in Bedfordshire: Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, and Luton.  But we interact with all levels of local Government as needed and also lobby England’s Economic Heartland – the local Sub National Transport Authority.

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The wider perspective

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Catch up with other London & South East rail development campaigning news in the regional branch newsletter railse here. Also subscribe there to the branch's monthly e-newsletter inter-railse.

Take Part

We campaign for sustainable growth in market share for rail transport. Therefore we support initiatives which will improve the attraction of rail and create a successful, financially secure rail industry: sufficient capacity, efficient customer service, simpler fares, improved connectivity, faster schedules, network enhancements and improved competitiveness with other modes of transport. If you share these ideals please contact us. We welcome new members, and people to share practical ideas and to help put plans into action.

Some History

 The Division was formed in 2014 and used to meet in person in St. Albans approximately quarterly.


Email Herts & Beds Division Convener Neil Middleton: neil.middleton at railfuture.org.uk

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