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 […]

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 […]

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 […]