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110, 2016

Watford Junction – opportunities for Abbey Line improvements

October 1st, 2016|

A development brief for the Watford Junction site has been issued for consultation by Watford Borough Council. This presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve things for Abbey Line passengers.

What we need to be calling for to support the future prosperity of the branch is:

For the Abbey Line platform to be brought much closer to, […]

2709, 2016

Call for councillor to quit amid new threat to Abbey Line

September 27th, 2016|


NOTE: Please visit to see what you can do to help us save the Abbey Line – including signing the petition / responding to the HCC consultation (very important), joining ABFLY or making a donation.



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 […]

109, 2016

ITT heralds Abbey Line improvements

September 1st, 2016|

ABFLY have cautiously welcomed the government’s ‘Stakeholder briefing document’ for the West Midlands franchise competition, which includes a raft of improvements to the Abbey Line, but there is disappointment in one key area.

The document summarises the responses to the consultation that was carried out between December 2015 and March 2016, and also provides a description […]

1708, 2016

Line closures August weekends

August 17th, 2016|

On Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August and Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August, rail replacement buses will operate between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey, and stations will be closed, to allow Network Rail to undertake improvement works along the Abbey Line and on the platforms at Watford Junction and Bricket Wood stations.

During these closures […]

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 […]

1904, 2016

Can you help DfT in building new Service Quality Regime?

April 19th, 2016|

As part of the re-franchising process, the Department for Transport (DfT) is looking at the feasibility of implementing a new Service Quality Regime (SQR) in the West Midlands area and in particular on the two branches including the Abbey Line. This would require audits to be undertaken by the new operator every railway ‘control period’ […]