Issue date: 5th February 2013
The Government's preferred routes for Phase 2 of the High Speed Rail (HS2) show several canal crossing points.
The Lichfield to Manchester line adds a bridge over the Trent & Mersey Canal between Woodend and Shade House locks, above Fradley Junction. Further north it crosses the Trent & Mersey Canal again right alongside the marina at Great Haywood. The line crosses the Middlewich Branch and the Trent & Mersey again near Bostock Hall, the Bridgewater Canal at Agden Bridge and the Manchester Ship Canal.
The Birmingham to Leeds section crosses the Coventry Canal at Polesworth, cutting through the canalside Pooley Fields Heritage Centre. At Measham it crosses Burton Road, but with no bridge shown over the adjacent Ashby Canal line where proposed for restoration. It crosses the River Soar at Redhill, the River Trent’s Cranfleet Cut, the Erewash Canal (twice), the Sheffield Canal and the Aire & Calder Navigation three times between Wakefield and Leeds. There is no indication of any bridges to allow for the restoration of the Chesterfield Canal between Staveley, Renishaw and Killamarsh where the main route and a branch to a proposed Maintenance Depot cross the original canal line in several places.
A public consultation is scheduled for 2013. IWA will lobby to minimise the visual and noise impact of the new canal crossings and to ensure proper provision for the protection of restoration routes as a result of the HS2 proposals.
The Secretary of State for Transport, has announced the launch of the Exceptional Hardship Scheme consultation for properties affected by Phase Two of HS2 between West Midlands and Manchester and Leeds
All the HS2 plans and supporting documents can all be seen on the Government website
Article research by Phil Sharpe, IWA Lichfield Branch.