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:
Hertfordshire County Council
is the host organisation for the Community Rail Partnership Officer’s post.
London Northwestern Railway
the train operating company providing the train service on the Abbey Line.
Watford Borough Council
St Albans City & District Council
St Stephen Parish Council
Bricket Wood Station Heritage Trust
Abfly – Abbey Flyer Users’ Group
Abfly is the local rail user group who represent and lobby on behalf of passengers on the line.
Website : www.abfly.org.uk
CAMRA St Albans (Campaign For Real Ale)
St Albans Cathedral
Website : www.stalbanscathedral.org
St Albans BID
CDA Herts (Community Development Action)
Website : https://www.cdaherts.org.uk/
BRE – Building Research Establishment
Website : www.bregroup.com
Website : www.abbeytheatre.org.uk
Oaklands College St Albans
Website : www.oaklands.ac.uk
Representatives from Network Rail and the Department for Transport also attend our steering group meetings.
The Abbey Line CRP is a also a member of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACORP) who are the national body for Community Rail Partnerships in the UK.
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.