Guidance

Abbey community rail line

The Abbey Line runs between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey.

Documents

Abbey Line: prospectus

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Abbey Line: map

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Details

The Abbey Line is an electrified semi-urban branch line, and has a different character from the rural community rail lines in other parts of the country. The service is referred to locally as the Abbey Flyer.

Abbey Line

Route data

Region East of England
Locale Hertfordshire
Stations 7
Length 6.5 miles
Journey time About 16 minutes — one way
Route type Rural
Designation Line
Pilot project Yes
Designation date July 2005
Partnership Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership
Operator(s) London Midland

The Abbey Line serves the following 7 stations:

  • Watford Junction
  • Watford North
  • Garston (Herts)
  • Bricket Wood
  • How Wood
  • Park St
  • St Albans Abbey

Pilot line

The Abbey Line was one of the first designated community railways. Six pilot projects covering seven routes were selected, which could demonstrate different aspects of the community rail development strategy

The Abbey Line was chosen as it was an electrified semi-urban branch line with a different character from the rural community rail lines in other parts of the country.

The 7 pilot routes:

  • St Ives Bay Line (St Ives - St Erth) in Cornwall
  • Looe Valley Line (Looe to Liskeard) in Cornwall
  • Tamar Valley Line (Gunnislake - Plymouth) in Cornwall/Devon
  • Abbey Line (St Albans - Watford Junction) in Hertfordshire
  • Poacher Line (Skegness - Grantham) in Lincolnshire
  • Penistone Line (Barnsley - Huddersfield) in South and West Yorkshire
  • Esk Valley Line (Whitby - Middlesbrough) in North Yorkshire and Teesside

Community rail designation

The Abbey Line was designated as a community rail line by the Strategic Rail Authority in July 2005. The designation covers the line and the passenger services between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey.

Network Rail strategic route plan

The Abbey Line has been identified as a rural route within Network Rail’s West Coast Main Line (N) strategic route plan.

The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership

The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership was formed in 2005 to support and promote the line. They work closely with The Abbey Flyer Users’ Group (better known as ‘ABFLY’) which was created in 1995 to help secure a better future for the line.

Published 8 March 2005