Abbey Line conversion proposals dropped

Hertfordshire County Council have dropped proposals to convert the railway line between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey to light rail or a bus way in the latest rail strategy for the county. The proposal for light rail was investigated but the difficulties that would be encountered to separate the route from the national rail network caused the Department for Transport to withdraw it’s support. It also received a negative reaction from stakeholders in a consultation for the draft rail vision held last Summer.

The revised rail strategy features support for proposals including a new railway station to the south of Stevenage and a link between the West Coast Mainline and Crossrail.


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