Service Disruption

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 […]

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

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! […]

3110, 2015

319 meltdown – an apology

October 31st, 2015|

A note from London Midland concerning the recent poor performance of the Class 319s…..
Friday 30th October 2015

Dear customer

I would like to apologise for the poor level of service you have received from London Midland over the last few weeks and in particular, today.

We introduced four Class 319 trains to our fleet at the end of […]

909, 2015

Cottonmill Crossing reopens after Network Rail dispute

September 9th, 2015|

The level crossing just outside St Albans Abbey station, where the footpath from Cotton Mill Lane crosses over, was monitored by Network Rail’s level crossing team for nine days in August, during which nearly 250 incidents of misuse were recorded. Among the 248 incidents recorded were crossing users wearing headphones or using mobile phones, which […]