Schedules to the Bill include protections for and involvement by specific statutory bodies, amongst which, in Schedule 31 Part 4 paragraphs 40-50, is Canal & River Trust. Here the task of CRT in operating and maintaining its waterways is recognised, and the schedule states that this must be recognised. Prior notice of works affecting their waterways must be provided, and approval sought - however that approval may not be unreasonably withheld. The part begins by stating that "unless otherwise agreed between CRT and the Secretary of State in writing…", covering the possibility that CRT will agree an undertaking with the Secretary of State to more specifically protect its waterways. Such an undertaking will be a key part of protection against activity by contractors when designing and constructing HS2 if the Bill is enacted. It will also ensure that any changes in route that occur as the bill goes through Parliament still meet minimum waterway requirements. IWA will be looking to, and if appropriate working with, CRT to ensure it has a comprehensive undertaking in place, and where necessary similar undertakings are in place for other waterway interests.
In September 2014 HS2 Ltd published on behalf of the Promoter a list of additional provisions to those already in the .
IWA's full response to HS2 Phase 2a Consultation (November 2016, 701KB)
IWA's full response to HS2 Phase 2a Design Refinement Consultation (November 2016, 738KB)