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.

We propose the planning and safeguarding of east west rail in Hertfordshire with a new rail corridor Rickmansworth, Watford Junction, St Albans Abbey, London Colney, Hatfield, Welwyn, Stevenage, Ware, Harlow Town. We specifically propose construction of a link from St Albans Abbey station to the Midland Main Line (MML).

Secondly, concerning the East Coast Main Line (ECML).

We note the potential for Crossrail services to the West Anglia Main Line (WAML) and via Ware, Stevenage on to the ECML. This would enable capacity release on the ECML two track section between Knebworth and 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.

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


East west rail in Hertfordshire

The proposed Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) on the former Radlett aerodrome site obstructs a direct rail link between Watford Junction and St Albans (City) for Bedford.

Extending the Abbey line : east west services at Watford Junction also co-existence with Radlett SRFI

The following is a summary diagrammatic map, the intention being that our other diagrammatic maps are consulted for details.

We specifically propose construction of a link from St Albans Abbey to the Midland Main Line (MML).


Summary of east west rail at Watford : Rickmansworth to Hatfield

The Abbey station is useful in that it provides access to St Albans for east west rail without requiring paths on the MML.

In addition to the construction of a link from St Albans Abbey to the MML, the following are key outputs from our research :

i) that an extension of the Abbey line from St Albans Abbey via London Colney to Hatfield be planned and safeguarded. We urge cooperation between statutory authorities and the proposers of Radlett SRFI to achieve co-existence between such an extension of the Abbey line and Radlett SRFI;

ii) that a new line from Watton at Stone to Ware and from Ware to Harlow Town be planned and safeguarded. We take the opportunity to note that a new line from Watton at Stone to Ware is also within scope of our project : ECML two track section between Knebworth and Welwyn;

We calculate that a service every 30 minutes between Napsbury Lane and Watford Junction via St Albans Abbey can be provided by two trains with three drivers. The service changes direction at St Albans Abbey.

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

Our research into travel in the Oxford to Cambridge arc is in three parts. A summary can be obtained by reading the conclusions at the end of part three.

It is possible to follow the essence of our current thinking by reading part three.

Part three : Oxford to Cambridge : east west rail in Hertfordshire


Project : ECML two track section between Knebworth and Welwyn

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


East west rail in Hertfordshire. Also Crossrail to WAML and via Ware, Stevenage to ECML.

We note the potential for Crossrail services to the West Anglia Main Line (WAML) and via Ware, Stevenage on to the ECML. This would enable capacity release on the ECML two track section between Knebworth and Welwyn.

Related article : ECML capacity release via Crossrail


Project : Domestic and international high speed rail

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

An introduction to Aylesbury Interchange 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 :

Rail network 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


Tramways 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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