2709, 2016

Call for councillor to quit amid new threat to Abbey Line

September 27th, 2016|


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

2709, 2016

Save the Abbey Line from being a road

September 27th, 2016|

Why is the line under threat?
Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) are threatening to close the Abbey Line – again.

In their ‘Transport Vision 2050’ consultation paper, recently published (1), they propose to tear up the existing electric railway line between Watford and St Albans and turn it into a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route – effectively making […]

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 […]

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’ […]

2407, 2015

Is the current service on the Abbey Line really “sufficient to meet future demand”?

July 24th, 2015|

A recent letter received by Anne Main, MP for St Albans, reveals a lot about the government’s attitude towards rail investment.

In response to questions concerning the Abbey Line, Under-Secretary of State for Rail, Claire Perry MP, states that on the Abbey Line, “….demand forecasts indicate the current level of train service is sufficient to meet […]

2406, 2015

Guided Bus proposals threaten rail link

June 24th, 2015|

The Abbey Line is once again facing a threat to its existence as a railway line.

In June, Herts County Council (HCC) updated their Rail Strategy and this was released for public consultation, starting on 10th June and due to close at midnight on 4th August.

Full details can be viewed at:

The updated Strategy, in its […]

1706, 2015

Hertfordshire Rail Consultation 2015 – say NO to Guided Bus!

June 17th, 2015|

Is this what you want?
HCC want to waste millions of pounds of taxpayers money on an expensive, unreliable, environmentally damaging Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network, otherwise known as ‘Guided Bus’. This means the Abbey Line’s rails and overhead line would be ripped up, and the character of the branch will be irrevocably changed through the pouring […]