The newly transformed Alban Way in St Albans has been officially unveiled.
Improvements have been made to the former railway line over the last 5 years in an attempt to make it accessible for everyone. The route now offers a non-motorised transport route for commuters as well as leisure users.
The Alban Way runs for 6.5 miles from St Albans to Hatfield, forming part of Route 61 of the National Cycle Network. It is also part of the Green Ring cycle and walking route around St Albans.
Restoration work has included re-establishing wildlife habitats, renovating the historic platforms and halts and creating interpretation panels of the area’s railway history.
Volunteers from Smallford Station and Alban Way Heritage Society (SSAWHS) have also been heavily involved in the project, sharing their knowledge of the line’s history and supplying images and text for the interpretation panels.
Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, Phil Bibby said: “This has provided local people with an active travel route to walk or cycle between the two St Albans railway stations and beyond, which they can use for short journeys as an alternative to the car.
“We are very grateful to the team of dedicated volunteers and the hard work of the CMS which works with communities in the county to help them care for and enjoy the environment.”