Welcome to RailAble

With an emphasis on the London area, RailAble researches an improved rail network. We believe in travel by train. Rail is socially inclusive and better for the environment. Welcome therefore to RailAble. We hope you find our published research interesting.

RailAble is also known as RailEnable.

We have five current projects :

Firstly, concerning travel in the Oxford to Cambridge arc, there seems to be a good business case for a railway line between St Albans and Hatfield.

Secondly, concerning the East Coast Main Line (ECML), we discuss the possibility of Crossrail services via the West Anglia Main Line (WAML) on to the ECML, these services bypassing the ECML bottleneck at Welwyn.

Thirdly, a station stop on High Speed 2 in the vicinity of Aylesbury.

Fourthly, a direct London commuter service via Camberley.

Fifthly, a Crossrail, or Crossrail 2, circular service via Reading.

Further details follow.


Project : East west rail - Oxford to Cambridge

Welcome to our research into travel in the Oxford to Cambridge arc.



An introduction to this project is available at hertsrail.org.uk (opens in new window or tab).

It should be borne in mind that our diagrammatic maps are intended to illustrate railway infrastructure and are not to scale.

Part one is mostly historical : Oxford to Cambridge by rail : southern options for the central section

Part two is mostly historical : Oxford to Cambridge : east west rail at Watford
The following links are to sections in part two of our research and are listed in order of occurrence.

Some options for extending the Abbey line : Some options for extending the Abbey line
Through services via Watford Junction, St Albans Abbey and City : Through services via Watford Junction, St Albans Abbey and City

Part three (from the start) : Oxford to Cambridge : east west rail in Hertfordshire
The following links are to sections in part three of our research and are listed in order of occurrence.

What would be the impact on the Alban Way ? : Impact on the Alban Way
A new line from St Albans Abbey : A new line from St Albans Abbey
A review of Hertfordshire - Essex Rapid Transit (HERT), including our response to the public engagement November 2021 - January 2022 : A review of Hertfordshire - Essex Rapid Transit (HERT)
Trains passing at How Wood and ticket checks at the Abbey station : Trains passing at How Wood and ticket checks at the Abbey station
Extending the Abbey line to London Colney : Extending the Abbey line to London Colney
The Abbey line is being undermined : The Abbey line is being undermined
Outline business case for a St Albans to Hatfield railway : Outline business case for a St Albans to Hatfield railway
Summarising a St Albans to Hatfield railway : Summarising a St Albans to Hatfield railway

Part four (from the start) : Improving the rail network in Hertfordshire
The following links are to sections in part four of our research and are listed in order of occurrence.

The Croxley Rail Link is not dead : The Croxley Rail Link is not dead
Redevelopment of London Road business park : Redevelopment of London Road business park
Connecting the Abbey line to Watford High Street : Connecting the Abbey line to Watford High Street
HERT converts the Abbey line to a guided busway : HERT converts the Abbey line to a guided busway
HERT public engagement not properly conducted : HERT public engagement not properly conducted
Oxford to Cambridge via St Albans : Oxford to Cambridge via St Albans
Coexistence with Radlett SRFI : Coexistence with Radlett SRFI
Opposing the reduction in service frequency on the Abbey line : Opposing the reduction in service frequency on the Abbey line


Project : ECML two track section between Knebworth and Welwyn

Welcome to our research concerning the East Coast Main Line (ECML).

Drawings (diagrammatic maps) are displayed full size for clarity.



Crossrail to WAML and to ECML, East west rail in Hertfordshire and environs, Bedford to Cambridge via Tempsford and Bassingbourn.

We hypothesise Crossrail services on to the ECML via the West Anglia Main Line (WAML). Crossrail services on the ECML could replace some existing services to Kings Cross thereby taking pressure off the two track section between Knebworth and Welwyn Garden City.

Related article : Bypassing the Welwyn bottleneck : Crossrail to the ECML


Project : Domestic and international high speed rail

We are proposing Aylesbury Interchange as a station stop on High Speed 2.

Related article : Proposal for Aylesbury Interchange on High Speed 2


Project : Camberley

Welcome to our research concerning services in the Camberley area.

Related article : Camberley : coming in from the cold


Project : London orbital services

Welcome to our research concerning a Crossrail, or Crossrail 2, circular service via Reading. The route can be followed on our summary diagrammatic map :

Summary diagrammatic map : our projects in relation to one another (opens in new window or tab, click with magnifying glass).

Related article : Crossrail, or Crossrail 2, circular service via Reading


Tram lines are dangerous including for cyclists. We will never propose a tramway unless it is segregated.

Our current proposals, projects and articles are listed here : List of articles

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