PRESS RELEASE: IWA Urges Waterway Supporters to Respond to HS2 Consultation

Issue date: 20th January 2014

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has been working with waterway societies, Canal & River Trust (CRT) and others in identifying waterway issues with Phase 2, to put together a single 'waterways' response which will be published shortly, but individual waterway supporters are also encouraged to respond.

The consultation, which closes on 31st January 2014, covers the initial preferred route for the High Speed Rail Link Phase 2 from Birmingham to Manchester, and Birmingham to Leeds.

One of the areas that would be most impacted, is along the proposed route of the restored Chesterfield Canal. IWA and the Chesterfield Canal Trust (CCT) urges waterway supporters to appeal for an alternative route that does not impact on the restoration of the canal.

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 is too tight.

Les Etheridge, IWA National Chairman said "It is important that individuals respond to support the objections by IWA, CRT, CCT and other waterway groups."

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HS2 Phase Two Route Consultation views can be registered online, by emailing, or by sending a letter to Freepost RTEL-YAZX-HAZT, Phase Two Route Consultation, PO Box 1152, HARROW, HA1 9LH.

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