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St Albans in Hertfordshire is a city about 20 miles to the north of London. Its age creates problems because the roads were laid out even before Roman chariots arrived and are not designed for cars, buses and trucks. Things to remember:
Hertfordshire has the fourth largest car ownership in England
Only 18% of households have no access to a car, while 41% have access to two or more
44% of all journeys in St Albans are less than 3 miles, despite which two-thirds are not made on foot or by bicycle
Competition for car park space is keen, and parking on the street can get you in trouble.
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Some additional information about parking in st albans, to cater to all your parking needs
St Albans has 5,524 designated on-street parking spaces for cars and 49 for motorbikes. However, 5,266 of those spaces are for residents with a parking permit, leaving only 258 spaces of which most are for restricted time periods. The conclusion is clear: St Albans does not want you to park on the street, except outside your home.
There are 18 car parks with a total of 4,580 spaces. The largest are:
Only the car park at the Civic Centre is owned by the city council; the others are operated by National Car Parks (NCP), RCP Parking Ltd., and the owners of the buildings housing them (for example, Marks & Spencer).
Both Bricket Road North and London Road car parks are Park-and-Ride facilities, but Bricket Road North has only 27 spaces and London Road 194, so Park-and-Ride may not be the solution visitors are looking for.
Public transport is good, internally and with other locations. The Thameslink service to St Pancras Station in London takes about 20 minutes and provides connections to the rest of the country as well as within the capital. There are bus services to North London, Luton, Welwyn Garden City, Watford and Hatfield and bus routes within the city are plentiful. There are good Community Transport schemes, Dial-a-Ride and transport schemes for the disabled.
Using a Blue Badge to park on a yellow line on the street is not permitted everywhere – look for a sign warning that parking is prohibited. Parking with a Blue Badge is not permitted in a loading bay but Blue Badge holders can park for an unlimited time in any other kind of bay EXCEPT, oddly enough, a disabled bay, where the maximum time will be indicated.
As already indicated, parking is not permitted on most of the city’s roads unless you have a permit and, in most cases, this applies seven days a week, though the city is divided into zones (A to G) and the hours of application vary a little from zone to zone. Wherever you are, there will be signs telling you what you can and cannot do. Fines bring the city more than half a million pounds annually, so be careful not to park where you shouldn’t.
Parking restrictions continue to operate during Bank Holidays.
St Albans Cathedral is the oldest site of continuous Christian worship in Britain.
Verulamium Museum recreates Roman life and is very close to Verulamium Park, a 100 acre with a lake, sports facilities and a playground.