The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership Presents ‘Santa Express 2017’

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Santa Special 09 Santa & Elves

Yes, it’s here again! Christmas festivities begin on the Abbey Line on Saturday 9th December 2017.  Come and join us on any of the normal scheduled services listed below from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey or join at any station on the line. Santa and his Elves will ride along as you take your journey and we’ll also have face painters and a balloon modeller on board. Make a day of it and hop off at Watford and visit the Watford Colosseum to watch ‘Santa Claus & The Christmas Adventure’ please note pre-booking is required. At St Albans visit the Christmas Market and enjoy a wonderful, atmospheric location within the walled Vintry Gardens, next to the majestic St Albans Cathedral. Get your photo taken in the fun snow globe – great for Christmas gifts! Visit the Nutcracker King and place your entries for the Nutcracker Trail competition in the post box. Enjoy some delicious food and drink including bratwurst, hot pork rolls, mulled wine and hot chocolate at the Christmas Market!

Come and help us support the Rotary Club St Albans Verulamium’s efforts to help local charities.

Let Santa and his elves know you will be on the Santa Express and register to be entered into our Christmas prize draw and receive a goody bag (one per registered group and subject to availability). Be sure to follow us on twitter @abbeylinecrp  and Facebook abbeylinecrp to be kept up to date on the event.

Santa Express train times

Watford Junction departure times : 09:46  10:31  11:15   11:59

St Albans Abbey departure times : 10:08  10:53  11:37  12:21

The Santa Express takes place on the scheduled Abbey Line Services; unfortunately it is not possible to reserve seats.
Please avoid bringing non – folding buggies as space will be limited.

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  • Do I need a train ticket and how do I book?

Answer : The Santa Express takes place during normal scheduled train services on the 9th. So a train ticket is required to travel on the line that day. Please ensure you book the correct single or return tickets for your group to avoid a penalty fare. Tickets can be booked at,, at a ‘manned station’ i.e. Watford Junction or at a ticket vending machine on the day at your local station. Group save tickets are available on this route.

  • Do I need to book a specific train time and can I reserve seats?

Answer: No, you do not need to book a specific train time as off peak tickets are valid all day. So your ticket is valid for travel at any time that day on the route. You can travel on any of the advertised Santa Express trains and return later in the day if you wish. Unfortunately, seat reservations are not possible on the Abbey Line services.

  • How long is the train journey?

Answer : The Abbey line scheduled service run time is 16 minutes from Watford to St Albans Abbey and vice versa.

  • Will there be refreshments?

Answer: Light refreshments will be on sale at Watford Junction station & St Albans Abbey. If you’re visiting the Christmas Market, there will be lots more on offer !

  • Do we have to pay for the activities on board?

Answer: Not at all. Santa will be on board as well as a face painter and balloon modeller. These are free for our young passengers.

  • Does each person receive a ‘goody bag’ and can I enter the prize draw if I have not registered online?

Answer: Goody bags are one per registered group/ family and subject to availability. Sure, you can enter the prize draw on the day. Just let us know and we’ll give you an entry form.


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.

Contact us

  • Main Office.
    Abbey Line CRP
    Watford Borough Council
    Town Hall
    Hempstead Road
    WD17 3EX

    T: (01923) 278214
    M: 07534 484964
  • Email.
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    Edna Woname
    CRP Officer
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