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HS2: Aire & Calder Navigation

Waterways affected by the HS2 plans
Campaign

HS2 crosses the Aire & Calder Navigation by the River Calder Viaduct, the River Aire Viaduct, Leeds East Viaduct and the Leeds HS2 Station deck, as well as running close to the canal between Woodlesford and Stourton.

The Aire & Calder is a commercial navigation as well as being used increasingly for recreational boating. Each of the crossings should conform with the Canal & River Trust’s current minimum dimensions, and the Leeds East Viaduct access to the Rolling Stock Depot should provide sufficient headroom for future commercial navigation improvements to Euro Class 2 to access the proposed new inland port upstream at Stourton. Where temporary bridges are required, these and the main viaduct construction should be planned to minimise interruptions to navigation and provide ample advance notice

The River Calder Viaduct across the Aire & Calder Wakefield Branch is close to boat moorings below Kings Road Lock (near Rose Farm) and appropriate noise mitigation should be provided.

Where retaining walls are proposed near the tight bend in the navigation at Rodhill Corner, their construction should not narrow or restrict the navigation for larger commercial vessels.

The visual impact of the new Leeds Station on the Canal Wharf Conservation Area of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and its listed warehouse will be significant, and great care will be needed with the station design and layout to minimise this. The station deck spanning the River Aire will have a significant visual impact on the environment and users of the navigation and light wells should be provided to break up the otherwise oppressive dark tunnel effect on the river.

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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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Waterway underfunding

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Waterway restoration

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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

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