New Plan for the Cole Green Way

Published: 09 Feb 2018


Hertfordshire County Council is seeking comments on a new Greenspace Action Plan for the Cole Green Way, which will direct major improvements to the route over the next five years.

Today a period of public engagement on a draft plan has been launched, giving local people until 16th March to have their say.

The Cole Green Way was once the railway line between Welwyn Garden City and Hertford and is now a valued route for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. It forms part of the National Cycle Network, allowing cyclists to travel off-road between the two towns, and is just as important for recreation and as a wildlife corridor.

The new plan aims to upgrade the Cole Green Way into an attractive and functional route, recognising its importance to the community and its potential for active travel. The top priority is to improve its surface and drainage, while ensuring that any changes are sensitive to its rural character.

In response to overwhelming feedback during the first stage of engagement in the autumn, works to remove accumulated mud and leaf litter along the route have been brought forward. This work will now be completed during March.

The plan contains further proposals to make access points easier to use and more welcoming, to celebrate the route’s heritage at the former site of Cole Green Station and to manage vegetation to maintain the habitats which make the Cole Green Way such a special place.

Cllr Derrick Ashley, Hertfordshire County Council Executive Member for Environment, Planning and Transport, said “The Cole Green Way is a fantastic resource for local people and has great untapped potential. These plans will make the route easier and more pleasant to use, and help promote sustainable forms of transport.”

Visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/colegreenway to download a copy of the draft plan and to find out how to comment.