RE­DUC­ING HS2’S IM­PACT ON CANALS

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Plans for the HS2 high speed rail­way have been mod­i­fied once again to re­duce the line’s im­pact on the wa­ter­ways in the Fradley Junc­tion area, both dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase and once it’s open.

As orig­i­nally planned, a per­ma­nent ac­cess road would have been built right next to the Trent & Mersey Canal just west of the junc­tion, but fol­low­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween HS2 Ltd and the Canal & River Trust, it has been routed away from the canal. At the same time, con­cerns that the build­ing of the rail­way would in­volve lengthy canal clo­sures have also been ad­dressed, with HS2 reach­ing agree­ment with CRT on min­imis­ing the im­pact of con­struc­tion works, re­duc­ing canal clo­sures, and avoid­ing peak sea­sons. The Trust has there­fore with­drawn its pe­ti­tion against the HS2 Bill; how­ever it con­tin­ues to work with the rail­way builders to ad­dress the de­sign of the Great Hay­wood viaduct, in what CRT’s Peter Walker called “a crit­i­cal in­ter­face which will have an im­pact on this his­toric land­scape”.

HS2 plans have al­ready been mod­i­fied for the ben­e­fit of the canals near Fradley, with the orig­i­nal four viaducts planned to cross the canal now re­duced to one.

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