HS2 restora­tion blight lifted?


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FOUR YEARS OF blight on the Ch­ester­field Canal restora­tion could be lifted if pro­pos­als to re-route the planned HS2 rail­way go ahead – but, at the same time, the change could add a new com­pli­ca­tion.

As de­tailed in our four-page fea­ture in May, five miles of canal cur­rently un­der restora­tion from Staveley to Kil­la­marsh would be af­fected by the new high speed line and a sid­ing serv­ing a de­pot, in­clud­ing the de­struc­tion of well over a mile of cur­rently well-pre­served chan­nel. How­ever, changes have been pro­posed in­volv­ing: Mov­ing the new main line fur­ther east, avoid­ing the Staveley to Kil­la­marsh section en­tirely. Serv­ing Sh­effield in­stead via con­nec­tions to ex­ist­ing lines, which wouldn’t af­fect the canal.

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