Alban Way

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The Alban Way is a cycle path in Hertfordshire, England, that has been constructed along the route of the former Hatfield to St Albans railway line. It runs from St Albans, close to St Albans Abbey railway station and the site of Roman Verulamium, through Fleetville and Smallford to Hatfield, ending close to Hatfield railway station. It is 7.5 miles (12.1 km) long.

Part of National Cycle Network route 61, which runs from the River Thames at Maidenhead to the River Lea in Ware, the Alban Way is fully tarmacked throughout making it usable all year round. The section from Welwyn Garden City to Ware is called the Cole Green Way.

The remains of most of the station platforms still exist along the route, with many as of 2017 having recently been refurbished along with signage and street names painted into the tarmac. A station building still stands at the London Road exit in St Albans, which has been converted into a nursery, while at Nast Hyde Halt a replica semaphore signal has been erected along with a garden and other signage.

At what used to be Hill End Station, a small remembrance park has been created to remember a former mental health hospital that existed at the site.[1] It is located in what was the hospital's graveyard, once close to the track opposite Longacres park. Most of the graves are covered and few remain intact but include a plaque describing the story behind the gravestones, including some details about specific patients.

In Hatfield the route joins the Great North Way (National Cycle Network route 12) and in St Albans links to National Cycle Network route 6.

There was once some speculation that the railway may be reinstated in the future as an extension to the proposed Abbey Line tram system[2] although this never materialised.

Bus connections[edit]

Uno bus route S4 provides a link to the start of the route by Cottonmill Lane. Passengers should alight at Weyman's to join the route.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Cemetery, Hill End Hospital, St Albans, 20th Century". 
  2. ^ "St Albans Abbey tram-train announced". Railway Gazette. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2010. 

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Coordinates: 51°45′07″N 0°15′32″W / 51.752°N 0.259°W / 51.752; -0.259