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1201, 2016

Take our survey and win free travel on London Midland!

January 12th, 2016|

If you live within walking distance of the Abbey Line then we would like to find out your reasons for using or not using the service, and what would make the service more attractive to you.

Click on www.abfly.org.uk/survey

It should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Responses to this survey will be analysed to provide data […]

912, 2015

Later evening services become reality after 20 years of campaigning

December 9th, 2015|

ABFLY have warmly welcomed the announcement that after 20 years of campaigning, services on the Abbey Line are finally to be extended past the current closing time of around 10pm.

On 3rd December it was announced that London Midland had been successful in securing a new ‘Direct Award’ contract which means that they will be continuing to […]

1911, 2015

‘Positive’ news for Abbey Line, says Anne Main MP

November 19th, 2015|

In response to a letter from Herts County Council (HCC), St Albans MP, Anne Main, and Watford MP, Richard Harrington, the Transport Secretary has confirmed that Network Rail and HCC have agreed to ‘undertake further development of options for a 30 minute frequency’ service on the Abbey Line.

In the same week that the Abbey Line […]

1911, 2015

Time for LM to think outside the box on faulty trains and slippery rails

November 19th, 2015|

It won’t have escaped many people’s attention that despite the recent good news re. the passing loop, the Abbey Line has lately been suffering from a double whammy of unreliable 319s and slippery rails which has made the service more unpredictable than at any time in recent memory.

On behalf of the hundreds, if not thousands of […]

1611, 2015

More disruption

November 16th, 2015|

From Terry Oliver, Head of West Coast Services, London Midland:
Latest update on the situation with the Abbey line. Today has been another disastrous day across the route and I can only apologise for that. We have had all sorts of issues today and sadly the Abbey line service yesterday and particularly today has been annihilated.

Latest […]

1311, 2015

MPs and County Council unite behind Rail for Abbey Line

November 13th, 2015|

In a move strongly welcomed by ABFLY, it appears that Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) have dropped their unaffordable and unlikely-to-succeed aspiration for turning the line into part of a Supertram or Guided Bus network, and started working with Network Rail to improve what we already have.

Back in the summer, over 200 people responded to our ‘No2Bus’ […]

1311, 2015

Explanation for recent service disruptions

November 13th, 2015|

2nd November – service ok

3rd November – service ok

4th November – start of service lost as driver misread diagram and went to Watford instead of collecting unit from Bletchley. Once finally arrived at Watford could not get any power. After much debate found to be Network Rail had left overhead line power off! […]

711, 2015

Gold Award for website

November 7th, 2015|

The Abbey Flyer Users’ Group (ABFLY) was delighted to receive First Prize ‘Gold’ for Best Website at the annual Rail User Group Awards on Saturday 7th November in Bristol.

Organised by the umbrella campaign group ‘Railfuture’, the award was presented by Christian Wolmar, esteemed transport journalist and former London Mayoral candidate, to Dave Horton, General Secretary of […]