The Sunday Times reports that our town is surprisingly well connected:
“Why it’s hot
This corner of the country has always been about connections, from the days when the Grand Union Canal was the closest thing we had to an information superhighway through to the Great Train Robbery in 1963. And those connections have helped house prices in this Bedfordshire town rise by nearly 7% in the past 12 months and 17% over two years, according to a leading National Estate Agent.. With the fastest train journey to London taking only 30 minutes (unaffected by recent timetable changes), Leighton Buzzard is almost as convenient for commuters as Berkhamsted or St Albans — yet property here remains a good deal cheaper.”
Being well connected is a theme that runs through the latest development sites around the town. During the Second World War, RAF Leighton Buzzard became Q Central, Britain’s top-secret military communications nerve centre. More than 600 servicemen and women ran its telegraph and telephone exchange, from which the secret services monitored radio signals to detect enemy agents, playing a crucial role in the Battle of Britain and D-Day. It was protected by sophisticated camouflage that could not be detected from the air. Servicemen were told never to fire unless a direct assault occurred, because it would alert the Germans to the fact that there was something worth defending. The guns were never used.