Who we are and what we do
The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership was established in June 2005 and brings together a number of partner organisations with the purpose of increasing useage of the line. It also aims to enhance station environments to make them a more pleasant place and to give the local community the opportunity to become more involved in their local railway line. Through the delivery of improvements to the line, this enables the railway to play a greater part in contributing to the benefits brought by local economic development. Ultimately one of our aims is to bring environmental benefit through increased usage of the Line and reduction in car use. Community Rail Partnership members include:
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity (BRCC)
is the Lead Partner and host organisation for the Community Rail Partnership Officer post.
Hertfordshire County Council
continue to make the overall decisions about transport policy in the area and provide grant assistance for our work.
London Midland Trains
the train operating company providing the train service on the Abbey Line.
Watford Borough Council
represent the area where Watford Junction, Watford North and Garston stations are situated.
St Albans City & District Council
has planning control over the areas surrounding Bricket Wood, Park Street, How Wood and St Albans Abbey stations.
St Stephen Parish Council
covers St Albans, Park Street, How Wood and Bricket Wood. The CRP steering group often meet at their Parish Centre.
Local Business Representatives
include BRE (Building Research Establishment)
Representatives from Network Rail and the Department for Transport also attend our steering group meetings.
How we can help you to take an active role
Businesses and organisations can contact the CRP officer to discuss how you can participate in the work of the CRP and be supported to promote the use of the line to your staff. Using the line can help to reduce your car parking issues and the road conjestion between Watford and St Albans, thus improving the environment for all. Please visit our Contact page for further details. Individuals and community groups can become involved in enhancng your local station environment.
Since the establishment of the CRP, there has been a measurable growth in patronage – up around 20% since the establishment of the Partnership – with a 11% rise seen in one year alone. Patronage is now at around 450,000 journeys per annum. This has been an important achievement for the CRP, because it was done with very little change to the fabric of the trains, the stations or the service.