A bus stop with a long history of carrying workers to an asylum has finally been renamed.

The change in name comes after Leavesden Hospital History Association campaigned Three Rivers District council's Passenger Transport Unit to rename the bus stop on College Road to Leavesden Country Park.

It also comes in time with the celebrations of Leavesden Country Park Heritage Day on Saturday (July 6) and the official opening of the new heritage trail.

The bus stop has been near the park since the early 1930s when the road was known as Asylum Road and was used by people from nearby villages to get to their workplace at Leavesden and Abbots Langley Hospitals.

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(In the 1940s, the 318 bus was used to stop there on its way to Sarratt and Chipperfield)

Leavesden Country Park is the former site of the Leavesden Asylum, which was situated almost halfway between North Watford and Abbots Langley on College Road.

In the 1940s, the 318 bus was used to stop there on its way to Sarratt and Chipperfield. Since the hospitals closed in 1995 the land was converted into Leavesden Country Park.

The founder of Leavesden Hospital History Association, Martin Brooks said: “For over three years now we have been working with Three Rivers District Councils Leisure Department, to preserve and promote the history and cultural heritage of this site which has resulted in a large increase in the number of people who visit Leavesden Country Park.

“Changing the name of the bus stop outside the park to Leavesden Country Park will help people get there if they are not familiar with the area and make it easier for them to take a walk down memory lane.”