Abbey Line News

Contents

St Albans Abbey Station Entrance Renovation

Hertfordshire Rail Strategy Consultation

Bus Rapid Transit aka Guided Bus plans

Upcoming AGMs

Walk along the Abbey Line Trail

 

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St Albans Abbey Station Entrance Renovation 

Abbey Station Celebration 18 June 2015

The project to renovate the Abbey Station entrance has been completed. The old dented yellow rusty height barrier at the entrance to the station was replaced by art panels depicting the history of St Albans designed by students from Marlborough Science Academy. A steam train, modern train, Roman soldiers and the St Albans shield are all represented in the artwork. Elements from the Cathedral are artistically represented in the side panel.

The project was commissioned by the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership to mark their 10th Anniversary.

A celebration took place on 18th June to thank all who worked so hard to design, construct and manage this project on behalf of the Community Rail Partnership. 

 

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Hertfordshire Rail Strategy Consultation 

Hertfordshire County Council have published a draft Hertfordshire Rail Strategy document and are inviting the general public to comment on what has been proposed in the draft document.
 
The closing date for responses is 4th August 2015.

The document and further information about the consultation can be found at http://www.hertsdirect.org/railconsultation

 

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Bus Rapid Transit aka Guided Bus plans 

Guided busIn the draft Hertfordshire Rail Strategy document published and currently open for consultation, Herts County Council are proposing the replacement of the Abbey Line by Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme aka a Guided Bus.

The Abbey Flyer Users' Group are against.

Arguments in favour:
Converting commuter railways to busways could save passengers 40% in fares
Arguments against:
Paving over tracks (Cambridge Guided Busway experience)
ABFLY: Guided Bus proposals threaten rail link - Say NO
 

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Upcoming AGMs / Public Meetings 

Abbey Flyer Users' Group (aka ABFLY) AGM and Public Open Evening

Monday, 6th July, 7:30pm - 9:30pm, Bricket Wood Social Club, Oak Avenue, Bricket Wood, AL2 3LQ.  Further details
 
Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership AGM

Tuesday, 21st July at 7.30pm at St Stephens Parish Centre, Station Road, Bricket Wood. Just a 5 minute walk from the station

 

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Walk along the Abbey Line Trail 

You can join the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership for their 10th Anniversary walk on Saturday 18 July.

They meet at 10.00 am Watford Junction to catch the 10.31 train to Garston station for the start of the walk. The 2¾ mile walk from Garston to Watford Junction follows the River Colne and will take approx 2 hours.

The walk is free and will be lead by a volunteer. A great opportunity to learn about the local area and enjoy the beautiful countryside!  

For more information, please visit http://www.hertslink.org/cms/getactive/walksandmore/  

Countryside Management Service have kindly organised this walk on behalf of the Community Rail Partnership.

 

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