HS2 restoration blight lifted?
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.