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Written by Tony Rispoli - 19 Mar 2013
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Location notes
This is a footbridge over the Midland Main Line to the north of Harpenden Station.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger:
First Capital Connect: Class 319 & 377 EMT: HSTs & 222s

Freight:
GBRF, DBS & Freightliner Class 66s, occasional class 70 on Cement
There are also Network Rail Test Train movements to and from Derby R.T.C which can produce heritage traction such as Class 31s, 37s & 73s.
Environment
This is a relatively busy location, a footbridge situated near a school which links two sides of the railway line.
Road directions
From the M1, junction 9:
Head west off the motorway, in the opposite direction to Harpenden, and at the A5 roundabout take the exit towards Kinsbourne Green. Follow this road, passing back under the motorway and towards Harpenden. You will eventually drop down onto the Luton road at a mini roundabout where you will need to turn right. You will pass 'The Green' bistro just after this roundabout. After about a mile and a half you will pass a filling station and vehicle showroom on your right and then just as you reach the village shopping area you will come to another mini roundabout where you will turn left up 'Sun Lane'. Continue up 'Sun Lane' and immediately after passing over the railway turn right onto 'Carlton Road' and head south to the footbridge which will be on the right.

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Harpenden, Carlton Road footbridge map co-ordinates
Parking
Due to the proximity of the location to the local Hospital weekday parking is limited and well monitored. You can park for up to 1 hour in Stewart Road which is opposite the bridge.
Public transport
Leave the station on the northbound (west) side of the line, Head onto Station Approach toward Station Road. Turn right onto Station Road and pass under the railway line, then turn left onto Carlton Road. Continue up Carlton road and the footbridge is on the left.

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Amenities
Harpenden has plenty of shops. There is a Sainsburys, Boots, and plenty of local business Sandwich shops.
Accommodation
St. Albans is nearby with Travel lodges and hotels.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Harpenden, Carlton Road footbridge

Googly map
Streetmap links
Harpenden, Carlton Road footbridge general view map
Harpenden, Carlton Road footbridge close up map

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Harpenden, Carlton Road footbridge



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Photographic notes
The bridge is not very high and excellent views can be had of trains coming from the south. To the north there is a right hand bend.
Naturally if shooting from above you will be looking through the OLE.


General views - All photographs © Tony Rispoli unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 1 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 3 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 5 - Looking south



Fig 5 - Looking south


Fig 6 - Looking north



Fig 6 - Looking north


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