St Albans - 08 - The meeting of the zones - Where Sabristis stood on all corners and were in several road zones at once!
Posted by Serena on 10/12/2003
The old A5/A6 Junction, St Albans
Me in front of the former A5/A6 cannon junction in St Albans. I'm standing in Zone 6, across the road is Zone 5, and further right is Zone 4.
Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Sep 30, 2005 by Gareth Thomas
Old picture when eggs were eggs and the A5 and A6 still went through St Albans
Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Aug 21, 2005 by Tom
The new diagonal pedestrian crossing at the Peahen junction in St Albans. The viewpoint and the opposite corner are both in Zone 5, Zone 4 is to the right and Zone 6 to the left. The old A5 (now A5183) cannons here to the right, the old A6 (now A1081) to the left
Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 12, 2005 by t1(M)
The diagonal crossing has either been removed or allowed to fade away in recent years - C2r, July 2016.
How Park Street Roundabout could have looked if an alternative route for the M25 was chosen in the 1970s. One of the options was for the motorway to closely follow the A405 and A6 between Park Street Roundabout and Bignells Corner. The M10 would have provided M1 to M25 east movements and there would have been a short section of D4M motorway immediately west of Park Street Roundabout where the M25 merges into the M10 to cater for the additional traffic on the weaving section. There would have been no east facing slips at the roundabout and traffic heading east would use the existing A405. There is however an exit slip westbound from the M25 to the A405. All road numbers shown are from the period. A5 is now A5183 and A405 east of A5 is now A414.
Basic grade separation of Park Street Roundabout as one of the proposals for completing the northwest section of the M25 in the 1970s. Some of the options maintained the M10-A405-A6 route for movements between the M1 and M25 east. In this case all the junctions would have been grade separated to provide a freeflow route throughout.
An online upgrade of the A405 and A6 between Chiswell Interchange and Park Street Roundabout was one of the proposals in the 1970s for completing the northwest corner of the M25. The road however would have been all-purpose although the report states that a motorway would be possible. It would have resulted in flyovers for the A405 and M10 which would have merged above the roundabout making it a three level junction. The route would then be on a new alignment between there and London Colney Roundabout with the existing A405 being used for eastbound traffic joining at the roundabout since there are no east facing slips to the new alignment from the roundabout.
Victoria Street, St.Albans (C) Peter Trimming Looking in the direction of the distant railway station.
Marshalswick Lane The route of Marshalswick Lane is shown on 19th century maps, but development didn't take place until the 1930s. It now forms pasrt of what is in effect an outer ring road for St Albans, comprising Drakes Drive, Ashley Road, Beechwood Avenue, Marshalswick Lane, Beech Road and Batchwood Drive.
St Michael's Street St Albans.
Thorpe Road Victorian housing, all locally listed.