A new campaign to get people moving on “scenic rail” is kicking off today.

The Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership is launching a campaign to encourage people to take to the train for day trips, especially via “community rail” routes.

The Abbey Line, from Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey, is joining to promote the campaign at Birmingham New Street this afternoon to tell travellers about the number of coastal scenes, historical landmarks and picturesque landscapes that can be accessed by train.

Edna Woname, Community Rail Officer at the Abbey Line, said: “We know that Hertfordshire has so much to offer domestic and foreign visitors: picturesque countryside, historic houses and hidden gems.

“We hope that Scenic Rail Britain will help us get that across to wider audiences, and encourage people to visit by rail rather than car.

“It’s an enjoyable way to travel that gives a different perspective, benefits the local economy, and means less traffic, noise and pollution in our communities.”