Makeover is planned for the Alban Way

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 November 2014

A well loved cycle and footpath will be getting a botanical makeover thanks to a £30,000 grant.

Alban Way, which spans from St Albans to Hatfield, will see work take place over the winter to improve vegetation and let light in to the path, making it a more attractive route to use.

The 6 and a half mile cycle path has been awarded the large sum as part of a £130,000 grant received by Herts County Council from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

The improvements follows re-surfacing work carried out last year as part of a district council movement to promote active travel in the area.

Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles, portfolio holder for environment at St Albans District Council said: “The Alban Way is a fantastic resource for local people and a wonderful natural habitat for wildlife.

“This additional investment will make the route easier and more pleasant to use and regenerate the vegetation to create a better habitat for wildlife.”

The work is set to be finished by March 2015, with no disruption to the use of the path expected.

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