The latest news & updates from the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership

20 May 2024

Abbey Line CRP Annual General Meeting 2024

The annual general meeting for the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership will take place on Monday 17th June 2024.
Venue: The Abbey Theatre, St Albans, AL1 2DL (opposite St Albans Abbey station, next to Westminster Lodge leisure centre)
Time: 6pm - 8pm
All are cordially invited.
The agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

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5 June 2023

Annual General meeting

The annual general meeting for the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership will take place on 26th June 2023.
Venue: The Abbey Theatre, St Albans ( opposite The Abbey station)
Time : 6pm
All are cordially invited.
The agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

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16 June 2022

Special offers to mark our 17th birthday

To mark 17 years of the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership we’re offering these fabulous ’treats’ this weekend thanks to St Albans BID, Infuse Modern Indian Bistro and Café Rouge - St Albans.

18th June 22 - Private tour of St Albans Cathedral & Historic St Albans - meet at St Albans Abbey station at 10am. Price FREE book via our events page

18th June 22 only - 25% off the main menu at Cafe Rouge St Albans. Pls quote ‘Abbey Line CRP’ to get this offer.

18th June 22 only - 10% off the main menu / £20 per person special discounted 2 course set menu. At the award winning Infuse lounge St Albans. Pls quote ‘Abbey Line CRP’ to get this offer.

Now till Monday 20th June 22. St Albans BID are giving one lucky person a £25 gift voucher to use in St Albans. Those on the tour will get two entries into the draw. To be in with a chance of winning simply sign up to their newsletter via and click subscribe. Winner will be announced next week.

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7 June 2022

Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership Annual General Meeting

The Annual General for the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership will take place on 27th June 22.
Time : 6pm - 8pm
Venue : Abbey Theatre, Holywell Hill. St Albans, opposite St Albans Abbey station.

Guest Speaker : Kate Belinis, DL
CEO Community Development Action & Chair New River Line CRP

Agenda and other meeting documents can be found under our resource page. Hard copies of our report of activities will also be available on the day.

All Welcome.

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15 February 2022

Train service update from London Northwestern Railway & West Midland trains

As a result of the ongoing impact of Covid, services on the Abbey, Marston Vale and Birmingham New Street – Birmingham International lines have been running to rail replacement / amended timetables. With the situation beginning to improve, we are now in a position to reinstate some services on these routes. Please see a full summary of what’s changing below:

Marston Vale Line (Bletchley - Bedford)

From Monday 14 February, a reduced train service will resume on the Marston Vale line (Monday – Saturday). This will continue to be supplemented by rail replacement buses.

Abbey Line (Watford Junction - St Albans Abbey)

From Monday 21 February, the majority of weekday services will be served by train (with the exception of 2 evening services in each direction). A full train timetable will run on weekends.

Birmingham New Street – Birmingham International

From Monday 21 February, a full timetable will resume between Birmingham New Street – Birmingham International, meaning the services removed in early January will be reinstated.

Train times and timetables is via their website

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22 September 2021

4th Community Rail Fun Day held

The much awaited CRP Fun day was held on Saturday 4th September. The event was headlined by as well as great entertainment from Random Mike and Teaching Talons animal encounters.
Food and drinks were provided by Noviello ice-cream, Girl guiding St Albans South and Waffle Wands.
Representatives from London Northwestern Railway, Community Rail Network, St Albans BID, Watford Borough council, St Stephen Parish and Hertfordshire County council.
Our special guests were the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, David Williams and the Mayor of St Albans Edgar Hill and his Mayoress, volunteers and the local community.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant, lead a minute's clap to reflect on the year and half we've had to remember friends and family we've lost, to thank everyone, NHS, colleagues, family and friends for their support during the pandemic and to also thank everyone for coming together.
Prizes were won for best vintage attire and a prize draw, with prizes including two family 1st class train tickets courtesy of london northwestern railway, breakfast for two courtesy of Cafe Rouge, St Albans, goody bag and day pass train tickets courtesy of Watford museum and the CRP and a gift voucher from St Albans BID.

We had a great time coming together once again as a community, and we want to say a big thank you to our volunteers, special guests and all who attended the event,

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23 July 2021

Win ! Win ! Win ! Abbey line Days Out Online Prize draw

To celebrate the launch of our new website, Days out video, leaflet and illustrated posters we're giving away a pair of train day passes between 23rd and 29th July. Via our Facebook and twitter social media pages. With your pass can go exploring for the day on the London northwestern railway network. Where will you explore; London, Manchester, Birmingham, Watford, St Albans, Liverpool? just a few of the destinations on this network. Below are the prize draw entry steps, terms and conditions . Please check each entry carefully as the rules for twitter and Facebook differs slightly. We hope you like our new promotional material and website. Good luck !

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7 July 2021

Volunteers come together to enhance Abbey line stations

Volunteers from Communities 1st, Mencap, Building Better Opportunities, London North Western Railway, Hertfordshire County Council and Park Street Residents Association have worked together the last few months at the Abbey line Stations. The groups have been working on planters donated by The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership, as part of it's campaign to bring together local groups to help enhance the stations. A variety of plants can now be seen along the line and we look forward to seeing them bloom to add colour and vibrancy to our stations.
Thank you to all our volunteers. If you, family, friends or group would be interested in volunteering or adopt any of the stations, please get in touch with the Partnership Development Officer,

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