Train passengers can now grab a novel for their journey after a station book exchange was opened.

St Albans City station launched a book exchange last Thursday (July 18) filled with literature to suit all age groups.

Rail users are being encouraged to help themselves to a book and drop off any unwanted books by handing them into staff.

The idea was organised by poet and station assistant Sharnice Miles, 29, who unveiled the exchange with Bedford author Tony Drury.

Ms Miles said: “I feel reading is a lost art and I wanted to give something back to the community.

"It’s been a little bit overwhelming because I was not expecting the huge response I have received, so I'm very grateful.

"We made some posters asking people to bring in books and every day we’re getting boxes of books.”

Mr Drury and fellow Bedford-based author Oliver Richbell showed their support for the new book exchange by donating their novellas.

Thameslink and Great Northern managing director Tom Moran said: “It’s fantastic to see another book exchange up and running in one of our stations and I would like to thank Sharnice for taking the time to go above and beyond for our customers.

“I’m delighted there is such a variety of books available here for people to browse and help themselves to.”

The book exchange has been supported by the Bedford to St Albans Community Rail Partnership (CRP), which encourages people to become involved in their community stations.

St Albans City station manager Harsitt Chandak said: “Customers are loving the new book exchange. There is something for all ages.”