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2810, 2017

Victory for ABFLY as Bus Rapid Transit option is defeated

October 28th, 2017|

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) have finally agreed to drop the idea of converting the Abbey Line into a guided busway following strenuous campaigning by ABFLY which saw over 500 people writing to the County Council in protest against the idea.

The County’s latest Local Transport Plan, upon which consultation starts in November, will include the following […]

710, 2017

Update on our passing loop feasibility study campaign

October 7th, 2017|

Following the launch of our campaign to raise £10k for the passing loop feasibility study (see the post here) we have spent some time restructuring the costs and we have just launched a formal crowd funding campaign on SpaceHive.  On the SpaceHive page you can see more details about what we are looking to do and see the progress we […]

1005, 2017

Help us raise £12k for passing loop feasibility study

May 10th, 2017|

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Despite material successes in our long-running campaign over the last 2 years – one extra late evening train, ticket machines installed at all stations (albeit some of them subject to almost constant vandalism […]

2803, 2017

Abbey Line ‘Steam Dream’?

March 28th, 2017|

Next year will mark the 160th anniversary of the Watford to St Albans Abbey branch line, and in celebration the Abbey Flyer Users’ Group is looking to organise steam specials to take place on the weekend of 5th and 6th May 2018.

The specials would most likely operate as a substitute for the regular London Midland electric […]

3101, 2017

New shuttle bus service begins

January 31st, 2017|

Thanks again to persistent ABFLY lobbying, a new bus service linking St Albans’ railway stations and the city centre has launched this week (Monday 30 January).

The Abbey Shuttle will travel between St Albans Abbey Station and St Albans City Station via St Peter’s Street with the timetable scheduled to coincide with the Abbey Line train […]

1801, 2017

The scandal of ticketless travel

January 18th, 2017|

The Department for Transport (DfT) will be re-letting the contract for the West Midlands rail franchise this year, which includes the Abbey Line.

As part of the franchise specification, a seemingly innocuous report was released under the radar entitled, “West Midlands Ticketless Travel Report”. Click on the link to download a copy:


The report contains the findings of […]

101, 2017

Later evening services begin

January 1st, 2017|

A positive story to start the New Year!

After 20 years of campaigning, progress has been made towards one of ABFLY’s long held ambitions, which is to extend the running hours of the Abbey Line later into the evening.

Since 11th December, London Midland have been running one additional return trip every night of the week.

The last departure […]

110, 2016

Watford Junction – opportunities for Abbey Line improvements

October 1st, 2016|

A development brief for the Watford Junction site has been issued for consultation by Watford Borough Council. This presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve things for Abbey Line passengers.

What we need to be calling for to support the future prosperity of the branch is:

For the Abbey Line platform to be brought much closer to, […]