We want to show why it is important for there to be investment in the Abbey Line, initially with the addition of a passing loop. This would enable two trains to operate on the line and allow for a doubling of the current train frequency.
To do this we need to commission a study to identify the benefits from increased revenue, reduction in car use, more efficient and quicker journeys, reduced overcrowding on the Thameslink route, improved reliability etc. Additionally we need to understand the costs of the passing-loop and the running costs of a second train. Once we have the benefits and the costs we can then present these to the council so that they can consider investing and realising the vision.
What we'll deliver:
- Publish the feasibility for all to read and present this to Hertfordshire county council
- Commission a feasibility study identifying the benefits and costs of a passing loop at Bricket Wood
Why it's a great idea:
For many the Abbey line does not provide a suitably frequent service, we want to put a financial figure on this to demonstrate the impact of a relatively modest investment of a passing loop and extra train will provide for all the residents of the county and beyond.
Many commuters, both for work & students, regularly take the train and this would greatly improve their regular travelling; additionally this will make the line more attractive to people who don't use it and drive to Watford or St Albans to catch the train into London from there instead.
We have already had a number of successes: an extra train service so the last train is later, new ticket machines and recently a shuttle bus service between St Albans Abbey and St Albans City stations.
A passing loop at Bricket Wood is our next step in making the Abbey Line better for everyone and improving the rail connectivity within Hertfordshire.
Steps to get it done:
- Publish and promote the findings
- Feasibility Study funded
Finally, the Abbey Line is under threat of closure to be replaced by a guided busway. By demonstrating the value of the line and securing investment in it in its current state this would improve the security of the line continuing to operate as a train service and the benefits that brings. As seen previously once a train line is removed it is incredibly difficult to get it reinstated.
The Abbey Line has huge potential, such as through trains to Euston or reinstating the link from How Wood to join the Midland Main Line which would allow trains to go into St Albans City station. Hertfordshire is blessed with four major North South rail lines, so getting into London is convenient for most people however the East West connectivity is severely lacking. This campaign is just the next step in bringing the Abbey Line into the 21st Century and better connecting Hertfordshire.
We thank you for your interest and support and would love to help guarantee the future success of the Abbey Line.