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St Albans Rail researches new railway lines and better rail services in St Albans and area.

Our current thinking is represented by the diagrammatic map that follows, with emphasis on the Abbey branch railway line, being the line between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey :


Luton Airport to Stevenage with possible extension to Stansted airport

The diagrammatic map above is explained within our RailAble East west rail - Oxford to Cambridge project, specifically, our article Oxford to Cambridge by rail : southern options for the central section

The above article outlines our current thinking as regards the St Albans area. Specifically, this is presented in the section Radlett Strategic Rail Freight Interchange of the above article.

As illustrated by our diagrammatic map above, we might envisage London Colney (or Napsbury) station located at the point the connection on to the Midland Main Line (MML) as envisaged by the developers of the Radlett Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) crosses the Midland Main Line (MML).

The above article hypothesises a rail service via Aylesbury and Luton Airport by means of a crossing over or under the West Coast Main Line (WCML) at Watford Junction. With or without this service, there would be at least one local rail service.

A local rail service would reasonably be provided between Watford Junction, St Albans Abbey and London Colney.

With a crossing over or under the West Coast Main Line (WCML) at Watford Junction, we might envisage an extension of a local service via Watford Junction to serve at least Watford High Street (not illustrated), since this is well located for shopping and amenities in central Watford. Thus we might, for example, hypothesise the London Overground service to Watford Junction extended to St Albans Abbey also to London Colney.

We might envisage a Thameslink service via London Colney to St Albans Abbey, alternatively to Watford Junction and intermediate stations. In either case, London Colney would not necessarily provide an interchange with other services on the MML.

The above represents our current thinking.

Would it be reasonable to invite the developers of the Radlett Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) to finance improvements to the rail network in this area ?

Comments are welcome. To contact us, contact RailAble

There are also articles written earlier on this website.


Currently, nearly all St Albans Rail articles are solely of historical interest.


Options for railway lines in the St Albans area :

Options for railway lines in the St Albans area

Notes 7 and 10 on our diagrammatic map above are relevant in relation to our RailAble article
Oxford to Cambridge by rail : southern options for the central section

The article explaining the above diagrammatic map Options for railway lines in the St Albans area was written prior to our current thinking in relation to the proposed Radlett Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI).


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