Anger at ‘Albanian cart track’ outside rail station

Potholes outside Leighton railway station car park MPLO
Potholes outside Leighton railway station car park MPLO

Network Rail have promised to fill the potholes outside Leighton Buzzard railway station after a series of complaints from angry commuters.

Areas of the road leading into the station’s car park are badly in need of repair and have proved a hazard to drivers and cyclists. The car park is managed by Meteor Parking, who shared an owner with London Midland until they were acquired by Vinci Park in 2010.

Maintenance of the infrastructure in and around the station, however, is the responsibility of Network Rail.

Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire, is deeply unhappy about the lack of attention the road has received. He said: “I think the potholes are a disgrace.

“The road outside the station looks more like an Albanian cart track than anything we should have in the United Kingdom and one of the world’s largest economies.

“It would be hard to think of a worse first impression of Leighton Buzzard after getting off the train.”

And LBO reader Sue Falber said: “I pay £220 a quarter to park my car at Leighton Buzzard station on top of my £4.8K annual season ticket. In order to access the station car park I am required to drive along the stretch of road in front of the station which has numerous dangerous craters in the road surface – during the peak it is impossible to avoid these potholes.

“This morning a cyclist swerved to avoid a pothole and had it not been for my quick reaction I would have hit him – in swerving to avoid him I ended up hitting another pothole on the opposite side of the road.

“I have already had to replace two of my tyres in the last two months and I have been informed by the garage that my tracking is out due to a problem with the suspension on my car.”

Network Rail have now agreed to send a team to work on the road, which London Midland expect to be resurfaced in around three weeks.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “Network Rail apologises for the delay in resolving the pothole issues.

“We carried out some repairs to the potholes however; an additional part of the area needs to be resurfaced completely.

“We are in the process of pulling together a plan to carry out these improvements and look to finish off the work as quickly as possible.

“We would like to thank London Midland customers for their patience and understanding.”