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St Albans Abbey railway station in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England is about 0.6 miles (1 km) south of the city centre in the St Stephen's area. It is the terminus of the Abbey Line from Watford Junction, operated by London Northwestern Railway. It is one of two stations in St Albans, the other being the much larger and busier St Albans City.

St Albans Abbey National Rail
St Albans Abbey railway station in 2009.jpg
Location
PlaceSt Albans
Local authoritySt Albans
Coordinates51°44′41″N 0°20′33″W / 51.7447°N 0.3426°W / 51.7447; -0.3426Coordinates: 51°44′41″N 0°20′33″W / 51.7447°N 0.3426°W / 51.7447; -0.3426
Grid referenceTL145063
Operations
Station codeSAA
Managed byLondon Northwestern Railway
Number of platforms1
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.180 million
2014/15Decrease 0.142 million
2015/16Increase 0.165 million
2016/17Steady 0.165 million
2017/18Increase 0.169 million
History
Original companyLondon and North Western Railway[1]
Post-groupingLMS
5 May 1858Opened as St Albans[1]
2 June 1924Renamed as St Albans Abbey[1]
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at St Albans Abbey from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

The unstaffed station consists of a single open-air platform and a car park. Improvement works were carried out in 2008.

It was the second UK railway station to receive a Harrington Hump to improve accessibility.[2]

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HistoryEdit

 
A 1902 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the vicinity of St Albans Abbey (lower left, shown here as L.&N.W.)
Railway stations in St Albans
 
Midland Main Line
to The North
 
St Albans City
   
St Albans Abbey
 
 
 
     
St Albans (London Road)
     
Park Street
       
Sanders Siding
     
   
Salvation Army Halt
     
Hertfordshire County
Mental Hospital
   
Hill End
   
 
 
St Albans Abbey station in June 1977

St Albans Abbey was the first railway station in St Albans, built by the London and North Western Railway in 1858. It was, as it is now, a terminus; the company's plans to extend northwards to Luton and Dunstable never materialised. Although the Midland Railway opened their station (St Albans City) in 1868, it was not until 1924 that "Abbey" was added to the station's title to avoid confusion - by this stage, both stations were owned by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.

Until November 2007 responsibility for the branch line was with Silverlink.

Restoration of the passing loop at Bricket Wood was being considered by the local authorities and Network Rail but was turned down in early 2008; this would have facilitated trains running every 30 minutes.

Branch to HatfieldEdit

In 1865, the Great Northern Railway supported a group of local landowners to open a branch line from Hatfield to St Albans Abbey with an intermediate stop at St Albans London Road, and later at Smallford (1866), Salvation Army Halt (1901), Hill End (1899), Nast Hyde Halt (1910) and Lemsford Road Halt (1942). This line closed to passengers in 1951.[3] Goods services were withdrawn from the end of 1968[4] and the track was lifted. In the mid-1980s, the route was opened as a cycle path, now the Alban Way. The remains of the branch can be seen to the left of the single platform when looking down the line in the direction of Watford Junction, including overgrown remnants of the second platform which would have served the branch.

Accidents and incidentsEdit

ServicesEdit

Trains operate to Watford Junction every 45 minutes Monday to Saturday daytime, every 60 minutes weekday evenings and on Sundays.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Park Street   London Northwestern Railway
Abbey Line
  Terminus
Disused railways
Terminus   Great Northern Railway
Hatfield and St Albans Railway
  St Albans
(London Road)

Line and station closed

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 202
  2. ^ "UK Rail Station Installs Harrington Hump". Railway-Technology.com. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  3. ^ Nick Catford (23 March 2006). "Subterranea Britannica: SB-Sites: St. Albans London Road". Retrieved 28 February 2007.
  4. ^ "The Alban Way" (PDF). St Albans Cycle Campaign. 21 July 2005. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 January 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2007.
  5. ^ McCrickard, John P (6 October 2016). "January 1988 to December 1988". Network South East Railway Society. Retrieved 26 June 2018.

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