High Speed 2 Phase 1- More Amendments and IWA Response to AP2

High Speed 2 Phase 1- More Amendments and IWA Response to AP2

03 November 2015

Further amendments have been made to HS2 Phase 1, as the Government has announced recently the ‘Additional Provisions 4 (AP4)’ which relate mainly to minor consequential changes along the route.

IWA has studied the changes to the bill, and the Supplementary Environmental Statement. Two canal locations are specifically affected, as follows:

  • The ‘Oxford Canal Viaduct’ near Willison’s Bridge Wormleighton is being moved slightly north to pass the canal through the southernmost span to allow increased views of the landscape from the Oxford Canal
  • Curzon Street Station and the Digbeth Branch Canal - a large autotransformer station on the side of the canal is to be moved further east, across the A4550 Lawley Middleway.

Both are considered to be slightly positive to the canal setting. Read more about Additional Provisions 4 (PDF).

Based on this document, IWA does not propose to make a response to the Supplementary Environmental Statement, or to petition these changes.

If you have any comments, please get in touch by emailing hs2comments@waterways.org.uk

Supplementary Environmental Statement on Additional Provision 2

In addition, IWA has submitted its response to the Supplementary Environmental Statement on Additional Provision 2 and commented on issues of waterway interest. The main issues include, as in the draft, the realignment of a road along the canal at Fradley- better than the 3 canal crossings removed by following IWA’s original ‘Alternative Route’, however still unnecessary and a potential blight on the canal there. Noise nuisance has not been reduced at all in these additional provisions, and is a major cause of impact at the new Heathrow Express Maintenance Depot close to the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal.   Here it affects public recreational users of the tranquil area of canal, as well as boaters both leisure and residential around The Boatyard, Mansion Lane, Iver. IWA’s consultation response briefly describes the impacts in the new proposals, and sets out what we would like to see altered to improve them further- often at little expense or occasionally a small potential saving.

Read IWA's final response to Supplementary Environmental Statement on Additional Provision 2 (PDF)

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