The recently refurbished Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre and Tea Rooms has won 2nd place in the national Community Rail Awards, in the fiercely competitive ‘Most Enhanced Station Buildings’ category.
BRCC’s Transport Team Leader Stephen Sleight and volunteer Andy Buckley accepted the ACoRP award on behalf of the Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership (MVCRP), which works to promote use of the Bedford to Bletchley rail line and is managed by BRCC.
This is the culmination of a long term project by BRCC and MVCRP (with further volunteer support from Bedford and Bletchley Rail Users’ association BBRUA) that has seen a semi derelict station building brought back into community use.
The former station house built in 1846 in a Victorian Gothic Cottage Orné style boasts a Tea Room in the former ladies waiting room, three offices, a Tourist Information Point, a small gift shop and a growing collection of railway heritage items in the restored booking office. Recent additions include a Community Cabinet which currently houses a 1930’s exhibtion.