Issue date: 20th March 2017
The Inland Waterways Association has responded to HS2’s consultation on design refinements to the Secretary of State for Transport’s preferred route for the HS2 Phase 2b route.
IWA has serious concerns over the impact on inland waterways as HS2 is developed in the west from Crewe to Manchester and the West Coast Main Line, and in the east from near Curdworth to Leeds and the East Coast Main Line.
IWA has objected to a number of the proposed changes to the previous (2013) route, in particular the proposals:
IWA has also recorded reservations about a number of other proposals which could affect canals and rivers in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and West Yorkshire, including on the Ashby Canal near Measham, and the Chesterfield Canal at Staveley and Norwood. Careful and substantial mitigation work will be required of HS2 Ltd at these and other locations.
IWA’s full response to the consultation, which closed on 9th March 2017.
IWA has worked with Canal & River Trust and local canal and restoration societies in developing and aligning its response to these proposals. It will continue to develop solutions to existing and new problems with them and with HS2 Ltd as the scheme moves ahead.
Photographs available on request.
For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing email@example.com or phoning 07779 090915.
Notes for Editors
The Inland Waterways Association
IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers. IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations. The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
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