United ap­proach to de­rail HS2’s im­pact

Canal Boat - - News -

THE IM­PACT ON the canals by the first phase of the pro­posed HS2 rail­way could be fur­ther re­duced. The In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion and the Canal & River Trust have com­bined ef­forts to try to wrest fur­ther con­ces­sions from the Se­lect Com­mit­tee deal­ing with the Par­lia­men­tary Bill for the pro­posed high-speed line.

The route near Fradley Junc­tion has al­ready been al­tered, with three of four pro­posed viaducts over the Coven­try and Trent & Mersey canals de­signed out – but at the ex­pense of a main road be­ing di­verted to run along­side the canal. Both IWA and CRT would like to change that, and also want a less ob­tru­sive de­sign of bridge over the Birm­ing­ham & Fazeley at Cur­d­worth.

The Bill is ex­pected to be passed by the end of this year, with con­struc­tion be­gin­ning in 2017. Mean­while, wa­ter­ways sup­port­ers will con­tinue their ef­forts to in­flu­ence plans for the se­cond phase of the route where it runs from the Mid­lands to York­shire – threat­en­ing the Ashby, Ch­ester­field and Dearne & Dove restora­tion plans.

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