‘Act now’ call on HS2 threat
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’.