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Temporary Closure of Alban Way for Cottonmill Lane, St Albans Bridge Strengthening work started on 24th July 2017.

Historical Railways Estate, part of Department for Transport,  are undertaking bridge strengthening work to their structure on Cottonmill Lane. The Alban Way/St Albans Green Ring passes under the former railway bridge, and will be closed to both pedestrians and cyclists during the work. Whereas Cottonmill Lane should not be affected and is proposed to remain open to pedestrians and traffic.

The work started on 24th July 2017 and will take around 5 weeks to complete.

Signed diversion routes are in operation whilst the Alban Way is closed, which will divert users via:
  • Cottonmill Lane, Mentmore Road, Sadlier Road and on to Alban Way;
  • Berners Drive, Priory Walk, Cottonmill Lane, Monks Close and on to Alban Way;

A plan of these diversion routes is below.

Should you have any questions about the work during construction or any problems arise concerning the diversion route, please contact either 
Dave Fisher  (Works Manager) on 07391402470 or Neil Thompson (General Foreman) on 07391402469.

A bit about the work
Planning Consent for the works was granted in May 2016. The Contractor appointed by Historical Railways Estate to undertake the work is Amco Construction, whereas consultants, Jacobs, have designed the works.

A corrugated steel lining will be installed into the tunnel and the void between the lining and bridge is then to be filled with concrete. New brick facades will then be built at either end to finish the strengthened structure.

What is the Alban Way?

The Alban Way is a trail of approximately 6.5 miles for cyclists and walkers along the former railway line between St Albans and Hatfield. It is an important link in the local sustainable transport network and forms part of Route 61 of the National Cycle Network.

It can be joined at a number of access points, including Highfield Park (Fleetville, St Albans), Ellenbrook Lane (Hatfield) along its length. Limited car parking at access points is available at the former London Road station in St Albans, the site of the Smallford station in Smallford Lane, and at the eastern end (where it meets the A1057 just off the Great North Road north of Hatfield Station).

The Alban Way does not just serve as a transport route for people, but also as a green corridor for plants and animals. Many bird, insect and mammal species can be found. If you look carefully you may be able to see the former railway platforms in the undergrowth.

Alban way mural 250Along the way there are several artworks which have been commissioned as part of St Albans District Council's public art strategy.

The project is supported by the Millennium Commission, National Cycle Network, Countryside Commission, St Albans City and District Council, Welwyn Hatfield Council, Herts County Council (Environment), Countryside Management Service, Groundwork Hertfordshire, Watling Chase Community Forest, RMC (St Albans Sand and Gravel Co. Ltd.) and the University of Hertfordshire.

History of the Alban Way

To find out more about the history of the Alban Way and "Smallford Station and Alban Way Heritage Society" visit

Date of last review: 31 July 2017