Harpenden station car park improvements completed

WORK to improve the main car park at Harpenden train station has been completed, providing a brand-new surface, better lighting and more spaces.

The poor surface was replaced over the Easter holidays at the start of the month and all the spaces were re-marked last weekend.

Previously only 420 vehicles could be accommodated in the east side of the car park, but the relining and reclaiming of waste land has meant that an extra 36 spaces have been created, including five disabled bays.

Five new lamp posts have been installed and existing lamp heads were also replaced to improve the lighting in the car park.

Drainage was also improved as part of the refurbishment, with 14 soakaways installed along the boundary with platform one.

Rail operator First Capital Connect (FCC) closed the car park to commuters for two weeks while the work took place, a move which angered many as they felt they had not been given enough notice to make alternative arrangements.

Hannah Gray, who commutes from Harpenden every day, described the situation over the first few days of the closure as “a shambles” as some people clearly had no idea what was going on. Police and car park staff were seen outside the station turning cars away.

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FCC customer service director, Keith Jipps, said: “We would like to thank our customers for their patience during the work. The car park is vastly improved and addresses the serious concerns about the surface, which was breaking up, and inadequate lighting.”

Refurbishment works on the smaller west side car park are also planned and a date for this will be announced later.