Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership’s Santa Express 2017

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Hundreds of excited children were delighted to meet Santa on the Abbey Line on Saturday 9 December. Platforms were busy at St Albans Abbey through to Watford Junction stations as over 1,000 people boarded the specially decorated trains.
The event was held by the award winning Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership which works to promote and support the rail line from St Albans to Watford.
Also on board were face painters and a balloon modeller to entertain the young passengers. Each child received a present from Santa, a goody bag for each family/ group and a special Farewell Christmas cake, courtesy of London Midland. It also happened to be the last working day of the London Midland Franchise.
The event was also supported by volunteers from the Community Rail Partnership’s members, station adopters and volunteers.
The Rotary Club of St Albans Verulamium, were also very grateful to receive donations during the event.
Edna Woname, Abbey Line CRP Officer said ‘The aim was for our Community to come and meet us and learn more about the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership. It was wonderful to welcome everyone and start the Christmas festivities, especially in the two towns the service serves which have a host of Christmas activities too. I am particularly grateful for the support we received from local organisations; Watford Colosseum, Abbey Theatre, St Albans BID and the Partnerships’ members. This was a great event with hundreds of people joining us, some for the first time. I am already planning what we can do next year.”
Steve Helfet, Head of West Coast Services at London Midland said;
“Our team was delighted to play such an active part in making the day of hundreds of young people, by hosting the first Santa Express event on the Abbey Line for many years. It was brilliant to mark the last day of the London Midland franchise with such an enjoyable highlight.”
Everyone attending was asked to register to also be included in the Christmas prize draw and two lucky winners have been drawn; Victoria Wright and Claire Byrne Congratulations !

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Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership Wins again at the Community Rail Awards

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The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership’s initiative with Oaklands College was designed to get young people involved within the local community as well as the local railway heritage. The project asked students to create a presentation on how best to rejuvenate passenger growth on the line. This resulted in fresh ideas which were presented before a London Midland panel at their Head Offices.
The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership won 2nd prize with this project in the category ‘Involving children and Young People’ at the National Community Rail Awards held at The Roundhouse Derby on 5th October 2017.
Edna Woname, Abbey Line CRP Officer said ‘It was great to see the students work so hard to come out with such fantastic ideas. I am particularly glad that our work as a Partnership has been recognised once again and grateful for the continued support of our passengers, volunteers, Rail user group and members of the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership’.
Faye Lambert, head of community rail at London Midland, said: “Winning these awards is the result of lots of hard work that has gone on over the past year. The projects have involved people of all ages, faiths and cultures who have embraced the opportunity to be part of making their local railway better for everyone. Even though each project is individual in its own way, they all have the same goal at their heart: helping people to take pride in their local area.
“All of our adopters and community partners are incredibly passionate about what they do and it is this enthusiasm that makes community rail work so well; it’s wonderful to see their work recognised at the awards amongst such stiff competition. Everyone should be incredibly proud of their efforts’.

Abbey line CRP awards photo

Collecting the award for the Abbey Line CRP: Trevor Mason (2nd left) Edna Woname ALCRP Officer, Val Male, Huma Yousaf  from Oaklands College and Steve Helfet, Head of West Coast Services London Midland

Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership Shortlisted for National Community Rail Award

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The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership is very excited to announce that two of our entries, Best Community Engagement Event – ‘Abbey Line CRP Fun Day’ and Involving Children and Young People – ‘Oaklands College Marketing Project’, have been shortlisted in this year’s Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) Community Rail Awards.

The awards, which are now in their 13th year, recognise the important but often unsung work carried out by community rail partnerships and station adoption groups, amongst others, who provide a welcome social and economic contribution, with their activities, to their communities.

The winners will be revealed at the awards gala dinner and presentation evening held by ACoRP, at The Roundhouse in Derby next month.

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.

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