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HS2: Dearne & Dove Canal

Waterways affected by the HS2 plans

The proposed restoration of the Dearne & Dove Canal by the Barnsley, Dearne & Dove Canals Trust could be affected in two ways.

Electrification and signalling works to the existing Dearne Valley Railway Line adjacent to and crossing the Dearne and Dove Canal at Swinton should not further inhibit the future restoration of the canal on its historic route.

The identified alternative route using the canalised River Dearne for navigation will be crossed by the River Dearne Viaduct, and the viaduct piers should be located to provide a clear span of the river and sufficient width of its banks for future construction access and provision of a towpath.

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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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