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Winter works

Access Improvements works

Contractors will be working along the Alban Way to improve access for users, works are planned to be complete by the end of January.

Access works will include the removal of old barriers, resurfacing sections of path, renovations to the original platforms and halts, car park improvements and new signage. There are three main project areas:

  • Cottonmill Lane – surfacing and drainage works 
  • Hill End Lane – platform works, new access gates to allow vehicles to enter/leave the site 
  • Smallford – platform and car park improvements

Local diversion routes and signage will be set up at the locations mentioned above if the contractors have to close the route for any length of time.

Woodland and Vegetation Management Works

This winter’s woodland and vegetation management works will start on the 5th December 2016 and weather permitting be completed by mid-January 2017.

Works will be taking place between Ashley Road and the junction with the rights of way from Alban Park Industrial Park/Smallford Pit.

We will do our best to keep disruption to a minimum but it will be necessary to close sections of the route to keep users safe. The Closures will be done during off peak times Monday to Friday 9.30am to 3pm – users will need to use alternative routes during these times; the Alban Way will remain open at all other times. There will be no work taking place along the route between Christmas and New Year.

The work will take place in the following stages:

  • Temporary closure of the section between Ashley Road to Hill End Garden of Rest starting 5th Dec for approximately 1 ½ weeks
  • Temporary closure of the section between Hill End Garden of Rest to Hill End Lane week commencing 12th Dec for approximately 1 ½ weeks 
  • Temporary closure of the section between Hill End Lane to Colney Heath Lane week commencing 19th Dec for approximately 1 week , returning on 3rd Jan 2017 for approximately ½ week 
  • Temporary closure of the section between Colney Heath Lane to junction with the rights of way from Alban Park Industrial Park/Smallford Pit week commencing 3rd Jan 2017 for approximately 1 ½ weeks

Alban Way Greenspace Action Plan

We carried out consultation on this document and the Alban Way GAP 2014-19 Final Version can now be downloaded.

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: 20 December 2016