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2406, 2020

COVID-19 rail replacement bus services

June 24th, 2020|

London Northwestern Railway have advised us that they still have around 100 members of their train crew unavailable to work due to the COVID-19 situation. This means that they have insufficient train crews available to provide a reliable train service on the Abbey Line and therefore the replacement bus service will unfortunately have to continue.

They […]

2305, 2020

Abbey Line Passing Loop to receive Government funding to further develop plans

May 23rd, 2020|

It has today been announced that that Abbey Line Passing Loop will receive funding to further develop plans.  This was part of the Government’s £500 million commitment to reopen railway lines and stations across the country that were closed during the Beeching cuts of the 1960s.
Earlier this year the Members of Parliament for Watford, Dean […]

3010, 2019

Busway update – October 2019

October 30th, 2019|

A recent report to Hertfordshire County Council’s Infrastructure Panel (GIPE) appeared to raise the possibility of a Abbey Line busway which we covered here. The officers’ report stated:
The Implementation Plan will need to include reference to the role of the Abbey Line, particularly given the interest in those keen to see the conversion to MRT. […]

2010, 2019

Comparing the Busway proposal vs the current Railway with a passing loop

October 20th, 2019|

We have tried to provide the most objective comparison between the Busway and Railways with passing loop proposals for simplicity.  More details about each can be found in the previous two articles about the Busway and the Railway.

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2010, 2019

Advantages of the Abbey Line remaining a train line

October 20th, 2019|

The Abbey Line is a 6.5 mile electrified railway line connecting Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey station. In its current form the line permits a single train which shuttles between the two stations.  The current railways line is suitable for heavy rail, the same as you would get connecting Watford or St Albans with […]

2010, 2019

Information about the Busway proposal

October 20th, 2019|

There has been lots of talk about turning the Abbey Line into a Guided Busway system. This would involve replacing the current railway line with a concrete guided busway. In this post we provide a review of the busway option, in future posts we review of the current railway and in the final post a […]

2010, 2019

Busway back on the table

October 20th, 2019|

On Tuesday  the County Council’s “Growth, Infrastructure, Planning and the Economy Cabinet Panel” is considering a raft of reports following the consultation on the A414 from last February.

The officers’ report to the Cabinet Panel included the following parts:

7.14 The specific mode of MRT will not be identified until the Design Stage. Emerging technology is likely […]

1505, 2019

May 2019 Timetable change

May 15th, 2019|

London Northwestern are making a number of changed to their services into Euston and from 19th May there will be a new timetable in place. Originally there would be no change on the Abbey Line timetable however because of the Abbey Line arriving at Watford Junction at 6:30 with the revised connections would have […]