Individuals Urged to Respond to HS2 Consultation16 January 2014
The High Speed Rail (HS2) Phase 2 consultation on the initial preferred route for Phase 2 from Birmingham to Manchester, and Birmingham to Leeds, closes on 31st January 2014.
IWA has been working with canal societies, CRT and others in identifying waterway issues with Phase 2, to put together a single ‘waterways’ response which will be published shortly, but individuals are also urged to respond.
One of the areas that will be most impacted, is along the proposed route of the Chesterfield Canal restoration. IWA and the Chesterfield Canal Trust (CCT) would like to encourage individuals to respond to the consultation, and appeal for an alternative route that does not impact on the restoration of the canal.
The proposed rail route lies directly on top of the restoration route of the Chesterfield Canal for 800 metres at Renishaw and for 1200 metres, in a cutting, at Killamarsh. In addition, the links to the proposed HS2 Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley would cut through the canal’s route at three further points.
IWA has supported the work of CCT in its response and appealed for the continuity of the Chesterfield Canal in this section to be assured. Additionally, the Chesterfield Canal Partnership and Derbyshire County Council have submitted their own detailed engineering information and alternatives and the Chesterfield Canal Trust has put in a formal statement of objection to the HS2 route where it interferes with the canal’s restoration.
There is also a video to support CCT's response: http://vimeo.com/84209298
The other Phase 2 major issue is where the Leeds Spur viaduct impinges on the Aire & Calder Navigation at various locations around Woodlesford Lock where the difference between the navigation and the track bed would be inadequate to maintain navigation. The south bank of the navigation above Woodlesford Lock is used for boat moorings, and significant visual and noise impact would be caused by the route. IWA is campaigning to maintain air and water clearances, navigation width, as well as the towpath and connecting footpaths.
It is important that individuals also respond to support the objections by IWA, CCT and other trusts and societies.
You can register your views online, by emailing HS2PhaseTwoRoute@Ipsos.com, or by sending a letter to Freepost RTEL-YAZX-HAZT, Phase Two Route Consultation, PO Box 1152, HARROW, HA1 9LH.
Photo: Chesterfield Canal (courtesy of Tim Lewis)