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HS2: Nottingham Canal

Waterways affected by the HS2 plans
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Although the Nottingham Canal is abandoned and not currently proposed for restoration, much of its towpath remains used as a footpath and a long section of the canal between Eastwood, Trowell and Wollaton is capable of restoration as a local amenity.

However, the Proposed Scheme plan shows the Trowell Embankment across the canal, near the A609 Nottingham Road Underbridge, with the towpath closed and a footpath diversion. This unnecessary blockage should be avoided by providing a bridge where HS2 crosses the Nottingham Canal of adequate height and width to maintain the continuity of the towpath (Trowell Footpath 23) and of the canal for future restoration.

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HS2 Phase 2B affects 16 inland waterways, both canals and river navigations, in at least 22 locations, including three canal restoration schemes.

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Waterways heritage

Our waterways heritage is what makes Britain’s canals and rivers special and it must be actively protected – through the local planning system and sufficient funding – for the future.

Waterway underfunding

Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.

Waterway restoration

Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.

Waterway businesses

The government needs to intervene at the earliest possible opportunity to save this vital sector of the British economy and what could be a core element of the British stay-at-home leisure and holiday sectors in the coming years.

Waterways affected by HS2

We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.