Filming of TV show causes traffic chaos in St Albans

Smug Oak Lane has been closed for the day

Smug Oak Lane has been closed for the day - Credit: Archant

Traffic ‘chaos’ has erupted following a road closure to allow filming of a new TV show.

Smug Oak Lane in St Albans has been closed since this morning while the filming of Sky Living’s new TV series ‘Apocalypse Slough’ was underway.

Drivers had to take de-tours throughout the day, which led to congestion in the area.

John Embleton, a nearby resident, spoke to the Herts Advertiser about the traffic ‘chaos’.

He said: “All the vehicles are using Drop Lane and there’s barely enough room for two cars to get past.


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“Why do the council permit filming like this? Why should everybody be inconvenienced for a film crew who barely contribute back to the local community?”.

Apocalypse Slough is a new Sky Living comedy drama starring Rob Lowe, Game of Thrones’ Joel Fry and Paterson Joseph from Peep Show.

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A spokesperson for Herts County Council said: “Hertfordshire is a popular choice for film and television production and brings income and jobs to the county.

“The county council works hard to support the film industry and make filming on our roads simple while ensuring that any inconvenience to road users and residents is kept to a minimum.

“The film and television on-location filming was worth an estimated £8.5m to Hertfordshire during 2013/14”.

Filming should be finished by 4pm today, when the road will be re-opened.

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