Abbey Shuttle Pilot

February 20th 2017
By: Melanie
Abbey Shuttle Pilot

So many of our towns and cities suffer from an over population of cars and as a result an increase in congestion and pollution, so why not take the bus?
Have you spotted that St Albans is piloting a new road to rail link for the city with a new bus service linking St Albans' railway stations and the city centre?  The scheme launched on 30th January 2017 has been named The Abbey Shuttle, it will travel between 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.
“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.” Said Derrick Ashley, Cabinet Member for Transport, adding, “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.”
The St Albans pilot has been funded by the Department for Transport with a £129k grant and will run as a service for a 12 month period.  During this time any profits from the service will be reinvested into the route and if it proves to be successful and useful to the commuters of St Albans the contract will extend past the one year trial project.