Hemel Hempstead is a large new town in Hertfordshire in the East of England. Like other first generation new towns, Hemel is divided into residential neighbourhoods, each with their own village centre with shops, pubs and services. Each neighbourhood is designed around a few major feeder roads with many smaller cul-de-sacs and crescents, intended to minimise traffic and noise nuisance.
Hemel Hempstead railway station is located a mile south of the town centre in Boxmoor. It is on the West Coast Main Line and there are frequent services between London Euston and the Midlands operated by London Midland, with additional direct services via the West London Line operated by Southern. Journey time to London Euston is 30 minutes.