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HS2: Manchester Ship Canal

Waterways affected by the HS2 plans
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IWA Lichfield Branch

It is expected that the viaduct crossing will maintain the headroom and width required by the maximum size of ships that can use the canal. As a very high and prominent structure the design should aim to be iconic in nature and of inspiring appearance rather than just utilitarian.

The Manchester Ship Canal is a commercial navigation with only limited recreational use.

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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.