Petition against HS2 Phase 2a's effect on the Trent and Mersey Canal
The Canal & River Trust has submitted a formal petition against the High Speed 2 Phase 2a Hybrid Bill.
Focusing on mitigating the effects of HS2 on the Trent & Mersey Canal, the petition outlines concerns including the impact of the West Midlands to Crew high-speed rail link on the visual appearance of the Trent Valley’s historic landscape.
The Trust is requesting a bespoke design for the proposed Great Haywood viaduct to minimise its impact (as achieved in phase 1 in the Colne Valley).
“Phase 2a has three particular locations along the Trent & Mersey Canal that we’re concerned about and want to work with HS2 to make changes," explained Peter Walker, national infrastructure services manager at the Trust.
“We’re not against HS2, but it’s really important that the impact on the canal network is minimised. We want the best deal for the waterways and think HS2 could work harder to mitigate the impact than their plans currently propose.”
The Trust wants to make sure the canal’s operation is protected from potentially long canal closures under current construction proposals and added there should be far fewer temporary bridge crossings than proposed.
At Fradley Junction, a water main is set to be routed along the towpath during construction. This should be routed across a farmer’s field to lessen the impact on the canal says the Trust. A construction access road could also be routed to avoid coming close to the canal and the visual intrusion of a construction compound should be mitigated.
At Kings Bromley, the Trust would like to see power cables routed under the canal rather than over the top to mitigate the visual impact.
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