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2709, 2016

Call for councillor to quit amid new threat to Abbey Line

September 27th, 2016|


NOTE: Please visit www.abfly.org.uk/savetheabbeyline to see what you can do to help us save the Abbey Line – including signing the petition / responding to the HCC consultation (very important), joining ABFLY or making a donation.



The Abbey Flyer Users’ Group (ABFLY) have suspended their support for the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP) and called […]

109, 2016

ITT heralds Abbey Line improvements

September 1st, 2016|

ABFLY have cautiously welcomed the government’s ‘Stakeholder briefing document’ for the West Midlands franchise competition, which includes a raft of improvements to the Abbey Line, but there is disappointment in one key area.

The document summarises the responses to the consultation that was carried out between December 2015 and March 2016, and also provides a description […]

1708, 2016

Line closures August weekends

August 17th, 2016|

On Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August and Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August, rail replacement buses will operate between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey, and stations will be closed, to allow Network Rail to undertake improvement works along the Abbey Line and on the platforms at Watford Junction and Bricket Wood stations.

During these closures […]

1008, 2016

Glimmer of hope for Southern West London Line users

August 10th, 2016|

You’ll no doubt be aware that since 11th July, all Southern services on the West London Line have been suspended due to an ongoing breakdown in trade relations. This is supposedly only for four weeks but it looks increasingly likely to be extended. The implications of this emergency timetable, imposed at very short notice, have been […]

906, 2016

Network Rail improvement works – St Albans Abbey station area

June 9th, 2016|

For residents of the St Albans area, please note the following letter from Network Rail:
I am writing to inform you that Network Rail needs to complete works affecting railway operations near to your property, as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan to deliver a better railway for Britain.

Works will be undertaken from

2200 – 0600 […]

1904, 2016

Can you help DfT in building new Service Quality Regime?

April 19th, 2016|

As part of the re-franchising process, the Department for Transport (DfT) is looking at the feasibility of implementing a new Service Quality Regime (SQR) in the West Midlands area and in particular on the two branches including the Abbey Line. This would require audits to be undertaken by the new operator every railway ‘control period’ […]

2901, 2016

Only weeks to save the Flyer

January 29th, 2016|

…from another decade of mediocrity!
The Department for Transport (DfT) will be re-letting the contract for the West Midlands rail franchise in 2017, which includes the Abbey Line. When DfT finalise the specification in summer 2016, investment in the line will effectively be fixed for another decade.

That specification is now open for public consultation.

ABFLY will be calling […]

2001, 2016

John Webster

January 20th, 2016|

It is with great sadness that we have to report that John Webster, our Chairman since 2003, passed away on Saturday 16th January after a short illness over Christmas.

Those that knew him will remember John as a true diplomat and a charmer, full of wit and a total enthusiast for the Abbey Line. We all came […]