From Monday, December 13, the Abbey railway line leading from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey is to get a once-an-evening daily service connecting directly to London Euston.
The new 9:10pm service will give those living in Garston, St Albans, Park Street, How Wood and Bricket Wood a direct route into the capital for the first time, taking just 16 minutes to get to the North Watford village and 37 minutes to reach the line’s terminus.
The Abbey Line is currently a single-line track that has been carrying passengers between the two Hertfordshire cities, becoming the first railway to reach St Albans when it opened in 1858.
Though not as frequently used as some of the more major links in the county, with most of the stations on the route unmanned, it does provide a useful route for those living in Central Hertfordshire.
This news is the second boost announced recently to the line’s connectivity to the rest of the country’s rail network.
Earlier this year, funding was procured to develop a case for restoring the passing loop at Bricket Wood station, which would allow the frequency of trains running to increase.
Currently trains run on the line every 45 minutes.
Railway operator London Northwestern says the service will use a formerly out of bounds track at Watford Junction that connects to the Abbey line to connect the routes.
They also urge people to be aware of any timetable changes that may occur from Saturday, December 12, by checking their website at www.lnr.uk/plan.
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