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HS2: Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

Waterways affected by the HS2 plans
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The River Don Viaduct will cross the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation at Mexborough where it is still used as a commercial navigation, as well as increasingly for recreational boating.

The viaduct piers should span the full width of the canal and its towpath and provide the necessary headroom specified by the Canal & River Trust. The viaduct will be a major landmark structure and its design should seek to seamlessly integrate with and enhance the location.

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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.