fully electrified line, within 20 miles of the heart of London and serving a well-heeled catchment area. That has to make the 6.5-mile Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey branch a useful community asset. But right now it is not living up to its potential: over the summer, only morning and evening peak train services were operating, with other services performed by buses – and even if the full timetable is being operated, the 45-minute service interval on the line makes the timetable difficult to remember and unattractive for casual users.

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