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19 January 2015, 09:57 | Updated: 19 January 2015, 09:59
Building works on the St Albans Green Ring, carried out by Eurovia on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council, have started today.
The £1m Green Ring scheme has been developed by the county council, in partnership with St Albans City and District Council, to make cycling and walking a sensible first choice for journeys within the city. It is funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), following a successful bid.
The work to construct cycle paths, road crossings and raised road tables will take place at various sites, linking up the current cycle and road network to create the 9km route circling the city. Construction will take approximately nine weeks, weather permitting.
Site A – Hatfield and Sutton Road around Morrisons.
Site B – Holywell Hill at the junction with Prospect Road.
Site C – Verulam Road between Branch Road and Oysterfields.
Site D – Waverlery Road, at the junctions with Ladies Grove and Everlasting Lane.
Site E – Batchwood Drive, from Everlasting Lane to Harpenden Road and onwards to Heath Farm Lane.
Site F – Sandridge Road to Sandpit Lane, through Boundary Road.
Site G – Lemsford Road through to Jennings Road.
Site H – Woodstock Road North.
Traffic and pedestrian management will vary from site to site, with some road closures required. Information bulletins will be issued ahead of work at each site which will provide fuller details.
Terry Douris, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “The concept of the Green Ring originated in work undertaken by the District Council as part of the City Vision for St Albans in 2009 and is designed to increase use and enjoyment of the city’s green space. Providing easy and attractive cycle and walking routes will also help to improve health and well-being for local residents.
“We understand that these works are likely to cause a degree of inconvenience and would ask everyone for their co-operation while the work is in progress.”
Cllr Julian Daly, Leader of St Albans City and District Council, said: “The Green Ring will make it easier for people to get around St Albans on foot or on bicycle. The District Council has almost completed upgrading cycling and walking paths along the route. Now work to link these paths is being carried out on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council at key junctions. Once this work is finished in the spring, the Green Ring will be open for everyone to use, helping to enhance their enjoyment of our beautiful city.”
The work is weather dependent and from time to time unforeseen circumstances can arise and the schedule may change. Any changes to the proposed start date, duration or working hours will be announced on on-site information boards and will be available at www.hertfordshire.roadworks.org