‘Act now’ call on HS2 threat

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THE CH­ESTER­FIELD CANAL Trust is urg­ing all wa­ter­ways sup­port­ers to help fight the threat to the canal’s restora­tion from the HS2 high speed rail­way, by re­spond­ing to the Gov­ern­ment’s con­sul­ta­tion on route changes be­fore the 9 March dead­line.

As orig­i­nally planned, Phase 2 of the new rail­way (ex­tend­ing from the Mid­lands to the north-west and York­shire) looked set to oblit­er­ate lengths of the canal be­tween Stave­ley and Kil­lar­marsh, po­ten­tially stop­ping the restora­tion work in its tracks. But a change pro­posed in 2016 would see the new line take an al­ter­na­tive route along­side the M1 mo­tor­way, with far less of a threat to the wa­ter­way.

Al­though this is now the Gov­ern­ment’s ‘pre­ferred’ op­tion, it hasn’t been for­mally adopted (in­deed, it will face op­po­si­tion from some quar­ters) – and the fi­nal de­ci­sion won’t be made un­til af­ter the cur­rent con­sul­ta­tion. To give it the best prospects, CCT is ap­peal­ing for as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to re­spond to the con­sul­ta­tion, an­swer­ing “yes” to ques­tion 7, which asks “Do you sup­port the pro­posal to amend the route to serve south and west York­shire”, and giv­ing the re­duc­tion in dam­age to the Ch­ester­field Canal as their rea­son.

The con­sul­ta­tion closes on 9 March. It is avail­able on­line via ch­ester­field-canal-trust.org.uk: fol­low the links to ‘News’ and ‘HS2 Con­sul­ta­tion – please re­spond’.

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