Issue date: 26 July 2011
IWA has submitted its response to the government consultation on the preferred route of the new HS2 railway line.
IWA’s interest is where the construction or tunnelling work might affect the existing or prospective waterway network. On in its route from London Euston to Birmingham the preferred route crosses the canal network 12 times, one of these being a crossing of a current and viable canal restoration project.
IWA has said that the project should employ construction methods that would allow works to take place without closing the canal or alternatively minimum disruption during the winter stoppage season. There are additional concerns that the crossing of the Lichfield Canal/Cappers Bridge may not be high enough to prevent the newly built bridge having to be demolished and the consequential affect on the public restoration of this canal by community volunteers.
IWA has recorded its surprise and disappointment to see from the ‘Environmental Features Legend’ on the maps that whilst other heritage and nature conservation sites have been identified, there is no recognition of the significance of Conservation Areas. Consequently there is a concern that the route may have been planned without any attempt to avoid its adverse impacts on Conservation Areas.
Download the full document that forms IWA’s official response to the HS2 consultation.