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 Russell and St Albans, Daisy Cooper collaborated with Abbey Flyer Users Group, to develop the initial bid, making the case to ministers and officials in Whitehall that the project should progress to the next phase and receive financial support.
This is a significant step forward for the reinstatement of the passing loop. The foundation for this bid was the feasibility study which we completed last year which showed that it was viable to be able to reinstate the loop.