London Road station and The Alban Way
Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery St Albans, is housed in the former Station House from the railway line that ran from St Albans to Hatfield.
Here you can see a photo of the grade II listed building taken in 1967.
London Road station first opened in October 1865 and closed to passengers in October 1951 with freight traffic ceasing in October 1964.
You can also download this PDF (620Kb) which shows the restoration of the station building in 1995.
A cycle and footpath have replaced the old tracks and are now named The Alban Way.
The Alban Way cycle map
The Alban Way – the green route from St Albans Abbey to Hatfield House
The Alban Way is a trail for cyclists and walkers along a former railway line. It is an important link in the local sustainable transport network and forms part of Route 61 of the Sustrans National Cycle Network.
The Alban Way has a smooth surface, suitable for all users, with lighting at the Hatfield end. It has many access points, most of which are ramped or level. It provides a route for leisure, commuting and safe routes to school.
The Alban Way is 6.5 miles long (about 40 minutes’ cycling). It runs between Cottonmill Lane in St Albans and Wrestlers Bridge in Hatfi eld, providing a safe link between these two historic towns, with access to many amenities and facilities.
For most of its length, the Alban Way runs along the former route of the Hatfield to St Albans branch line of the Great Northern Railway. Opened in 1865, the line was used for freight and passenger services until it was closed and dismantled in 1969.
History and archive photos of the London Road station building
The station was opened by the Hatfield and St Albans Railway on 16 October 1865. Although known as St. Albans for most of its life the station was renamed St. Albans London Road on 1st July 1950. Although passenger traffic was withdrawn on 1st October 1951 freight traffic continued until 5th October 1964.
The former line now forms 6½ miles long Alban Way, which opened in 1985 as part of National Cycle Route no. 61 between Hatfield and St. Albans. The route is owned by the City & District Council of St. Albans, managed by the Parks & Leisure Department, and Welwyn Hatfield Council. The route acts as a ‘wildlife corridor’ within two busy urban areas of Hertfordshire.
The station building itself has now been retained and restored and is a Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery and forms part of the Alban Way.