REDUCING HS2’S IMPACT ON CANALS
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 The Trust has therefore withdrawn its petition against the HS2 Bill; however it continues to work with the railway builders to address the design of the Great Haywood viaduct, in what CRT’s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.