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Notice of Abbey Line CRP Annual General Meeting

Written by EdnaW on . Posted in Events, Latest News

The Annual General Meeting for the Abbey Line CRP is on 24th July 2017, St Stephen Parish Council at 7.10pm.

The details for the meeting are as follows;


St  Stephen Parish Council Bricket Wood (5 minute walk from station)
Station Road, Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire AL2 3PJ
18.56 train from Watford, (Euston 18.30) arrives Bricket Wood 19.04
18.32 train from St Albans Abbey, arrives Bricket Wood 18.40
7.10pm  Welcome and  Introductions              CC Derrick Ashley
7.20               Elections  to CRP Steering  Group         Trevor Mason
Election of Chairman
Election of Vice Chairman
7.30             Review of Constitution Elected Chairman to take over
7.40             New Members                          Chairman
7.55             London Midland Update       Steve Helfet (Head of West Coast Services, London Midland)

8.20            HCC Transport plan update                      Trevor Mason

8.35            Community Rail Partnership Report      Edna Woname  (circulated at meeting)

8.40           A.O.B.                         Chairman

8.45           Close
Travel after meeting
Trains  9.41 pm to St Albans Abbey
9.02 pm to Watford
10.02 pm to Watford
Shuttle bus SC1 operates from St Albans Abbey Station to St Albans city (if using Thames Link trains on the day). Shuttle bus time 21.52


All are cordially invited


Prizes Awarded to Abbey Line Love Your Community Rail Month Winners

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Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership held ‘Love your Community Rail Month’ in March as part of its ongoing community engagement.

Primary and secondary school children along the line, which runs from Watford to St Albans, were asked to show how they loved the Abbey Line through an art and photography competition.

The winning entry from eight-year-old Nathan Doggett showed how he and his younger brothers, Seth and Jesse, loved using Park Street station complete with their own specially designed T-shirts!

Nathan and his school, Park Street CofE Primary, received certificates and prizes from Edna Woname, Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership Officer, and Steve Helfet, Head of West Coast Services for London Midland. The prize won was a 1st class family ticket for use on the London Midland network, £15 book tokens and £40 book tokens for his school.

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Image (left): The Winner, Nathan Doggett

Featured are: Steve Helfet, Head of West Coast Services at London Midland and Edna Woname



Image (right): Seth Doggett and the school were presented with certificates for taking part and their support.



Here’s what you said…

Nathan’s mother, Lorraine Doggett, said: “We are absolutely thrilled by Nathan winning first prize. We as a family are big supporters of the Line.”

Head teacher of Park Street CofE Primary & Nursery, Mr Simon Horleston said, “We are delighted that Nathan has won this competition!”

Edna Woname, Abbey Line CRP Officer said: “We wanted our Community to capture the Abbey Line through their art and photos. We were delighted by the standard of the entries and Nathan is a very worthy winner. We’re grateful for the support of London Midland and the local schools that encouraged their pupils to take part.”

Steve Helfet, Head of West Coast Services for London Midland, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of the Community Rail Partnership and involved in this type of initiative. I loved Nathan’s entry and it was great to see how pleased he was when he found out he had won the competition.”

Press Release

Download: Press Release – Love your Community Rail Month Winners March 2017 (PDF 500KB)

New bus service for St. Albans station

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A new bus service linking St Albans’ railway stations and the city centre has been launched.

The Abbey Shuttle connects the St Albans Abbey Station and St Albans City Station via St Peter’s Street with the timetable scheduled to coincide with train arrivals and departures.

The service is a 12-month pilot funded by a £129k grant from the Department for Transport. All profits from the service will be reinvested in the route and if successful the contract will extend past the one year trial project.

Derrick Ashley, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

“With very few bus services scheduled around train timetables this new route will make passenger transport an even more convenient and attractive option.”

“We want to see better connections between different modes of travel in Hertfordshire and we are pushing the Government and transport operators to improve these links.”

“We hope that the Abbey Shuttle will encourage more people to leave their cars at home, which will be good for both traffic congestion and air quality in St Albans.”


Above: Derrick Ashley (Cabinet Member for Transport – left), Frances Leonard (Mayor of St Albans – centre), Edna Woname (Abbey Line Community Rail Officer) and Sandy Walkington (County Councillor for St Albans South – right) among others at the official launch on Friday afternoon.

Transport Vision 2050

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Public Consultation on a new Local Transport Plan for Hertfordshire

Hertforshire County Council recently released ‘Transport Vision 2050 – A Public Consultation on a new Local Transport Plan for Hertfordshire’. This consultation report includes a set of proposals for the longer term future of services on the Abbey Line. The County Council has clarified that this is a consultation on possible long-term options, looking ahead to 2050, and that it is fully-supportive of the rail link in the short to medium term.

The CRP will make its own response to the consultation and you can make your views known either directly to the County Council, or through the CRP.

To read the consultation document please use the link below or visit the Herts County Council website.

ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2016

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Contemplation Seats – a project on the neighbouring Marston Vale CRP line, with artist Sally Annett, was recently shortlisted for the ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2016 (under Category 2B ‘Community Art Schemes: Renewable & Smaller Projects’).

We were also delighted to learn that another Marston Vale CRP project had been shortlisted for a second award; a photographic competition – ‘The Essence of Community Rail’.  The shortlisted photograph was taken by staff from Elstow School and features a young student proudly displaying a hand crafted railway ticket, which was used during a visit to Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre, Bedfordshire.

Winners were announced at the gala dinner and presentation evening in Southport on Thursday 29th September, 2016.

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Garston Station waiting shelter wins award

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Innovation in Community Rail – Award winning Garston Station Waiting Shelter!

At the National Community Rail Awards on 2nd October 2014 this shelter was recognised as providing an innovative solution to trying to combat vandalism. We proudly took second place in this award category.

This exciting project, delivered by Groundwork Hertfordshire, has transformed the waiting shelter with new stainless steel  artwork panels. Inspiration for the designs were taken from posters created by the pupils at Berrygrove Academy in the summer of 2013.

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The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership produces a newsletter from time to time, and this is the main method of communication for news, other than the e-mailing list, details of which can be found on our mailing list page.


National Award for local children

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St Albans Abbey station mosaics project wins second place at National Community Rail awards for Permanent Community Art Scheme

Children from St Peter’s School in St Albans have designed some fantastic mosaics to brighten up the approach to St Albans Abbey Station. The mosaics depict a roman theme, in keeping with the historic roman history of St Albans, and were all produced from pupils’ original drawings.

ACoRP Community Rail Awards 2015

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Award Category: Best Marketing Campaign

(Sponsored by Rail Media)

The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership & Hertfordshire Countryside Management Service won a ‘bronze’ award for the ‘Launch of the Abbey Line Trail’

More specifically, ACoRP was impressed with the team’s work in helping promote the Line for Off-Peak leisure activities.  The campaign for the launch of this nine mile waymarked walking route started with early promotions using posters, flyers, leaflets and promotional displays at public events.

Closer to the launch date the campaign gained momentum with posters on trains and at stations. Articles in magazines, newsletters and press releases encouraged tweets and coverage on multiple websites.  A launch event with walks led from two stations resulted in widespread coverage and ongoing interest.

Winners were announced at the gala dinner and presentation evening.

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