IWA: HS2 input has been “distorted”

Trent & Mersey Canal The Trent & Mersey Canal will be affected by Phase 2b of HS2. Credit Canal & River Trust

The Inland Waterways Association has accused HS2 leaders of distorting recommendations on noise mitigation measures at Great Haywood and Fradley Wood on the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Additionally, the IWA claims a further document is misrepresentative of a discussion with the organisation.

“The Promoter’s Response Document to the Second Special Report of the HS2 Select Committee misrepresents a discussion with IWA after the report’s publication and uses the setting up of the ‘Trent Sow Parklands and Cannock Chase AONB HS2 Group’ as an excuse for not implementing the committee’s recommendation to install a 5m noise barrier on the Great Haywood Viaduct to reduce the impact on the marina,” stated IWA planning officer, Phil Sharpe.

He claims the document also 'distorts' the recommendation to 'look at providing further noise mitigation at Fradley Wood' by offering an assurance to only 'consider whether additional noise mitigation is required'.

Impact

Major impacts from HS2 will also occur on the Middlewich Branch, the Trent & Mersey Canal, Bridgewater Canal, Coventry Canal, Ashby Canal restoration, Erewash Canal and Chesterfield Canal restoration.

“At most interfaces the visual impact of the proposed viaducts, bridges and embankments will partly depend on future detailed design, but the currently proposed noise mitigation is clearly inadequate,” Phil said.

The IWA’s Working Draft Environmental Statement noted that “there has been a fundamental failure to acknowledge that waterway users are not just ‘transient’ but in many locations people live on boats for varying periods of time, and those places should be provided with noise mitigation to at least the same standards as would automatically apply to residential buildings at that location.”

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