Chesterfield ‘saved from HS2’
THE CHESTERFIELD CANAL restoration looks increasingly likely to escape being blighted by the HS2 high-speed railway plans.
The news comes after the Government confirmed changes to its preferred route – but a final decision will not be made until 2017.
The latest announcement builds on a statement in July 2016 announcing a proposed change to the route in Derbyshire and Yorkshire.
The original plans would have destroyed much of the lengths of canal currently under restoration from Staveley through Renishaw to Killamarsh ( pictured just south of Killamarsh); the new route would run alongside the M1 and only require a single bridge over the canal near Norwood.
However, although adoption of the new plans is looking increasing probable, they will still be subject to full consultation and face opposition from home owners threatened by the amended route, including a brand new estate still under construction near Doncaster.
These issues will need to be considered before the Secretary of State makes the final decision in 2017, ready for a parliamentary bill in 2019.