Issue date: 28th February 2014
The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) has submitted its response to HS2's Phase 1 Hybrid Bill Environmental Statement Consultation.
The Government first announced its preferred route for the £42 billion HS2 high speed rail line between London and the Midlands in 2011. The route showed several canal crossing points, particularly on the Trent & Mersey Canal in the area around Fradley Junction in Staffordshire. Since then, IWA has been involved with the proposals for the route, also known as phase 1, locally and nationally.
The closing date for the consultation on the Phase 1 Environmental Statement that accompanied the HS2 Phase 1 Hybrid Bill (formally known as the ‘High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill’) was Thursday 27th February 2014.
IWA's response included:
Read IWA’s HS2 Phase 1 Consultation response
IWA and CRT worked together to commission a report on an ‘Alternative Alignment’ proposal at Fradley from Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd, which confirms the viability of IWA's alternative proposed in January 2012. This report has been included in its entirety in IWA’s response. In parallel with this submission, CRT and IWA have held discussions at many levels including IWA's National Chairman, Les Etheridge and CRT's Chief Executive, Richard Parry, about how best to deploy the report. IWA and CRT will be meeting with HS2 Ltd to discuss the Hyder Report and press for its adoption.
IWA has submitted its response to the consultants who are handling this consultation. The Parliamentary process requires that an independent assessor be appointed by Parliament to consider these responses and produce a report for MPs in 28 days. Second Reading may not take place until at least 14 days after that report is produced. At the Second Reading the principle of building HS2 will be debated and agreed (or not).
At that point the House will agree the future timetable for the Bill, including when and how to petition. This will be the main opportunity for those directly affected to petition the specially-convened Select Committee of MPs and make their case.
Gren Messham, IWA HS2 Campaign & Communications Group Chairman said "As always many thanks to members who have consistently supported IWA in pulling together this response, which we all hope will get a better outcome for waterways and waterway users impacted by HS2."
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Find out more about IWA's HS2 Campaign
See IWA’s HS2 Phase 1 Consultation response
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Photo: How HS2 will change the view at Fradley. The top photo shows the area as it is at present, the hedge on the right hand side runs along the offside of the Trent & Mersey at Fradley, from Shade House Lock up to the turn where the canal goes to Wood End Lock. The bottom image shows the impact of HS2. The photographer is standing with their back to the Manchester Main Line crossing the canal, and in front are the two single link line crossings running from the HS2 main line to the left, across to the West Coast Main Line a few km off to the right. (Image credit to HS2).
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