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HS2: Aire & Calder Navigation

HS2: Aire & Calder Navigation

The decision to scrap much of the Eastern Leg of HS2 Phase 2b, means that the Aire & Calder Navigation is no longer under threat from HS2.

HS2 proposals would have seen impacts to the Aire & Calder Navigation by the River Calder Viaduct, the River Aire Viaduct, Leeds East Viaduct and the Leeds HS2 Station deck, as well as running close to the canal between Woodlesford and Stourton.

The Aire & Calder is a commercial navigation as well as being used increasingly for recreational boating. Our view was that if plans went ahead, then the crossings should conform with the Canal & River Trust’s current minimum dimensions, and the Leeds East Viaduct access to the Rolling Stock Depot should provide sufficient headroom for future commercial navigation improvements to Euro Class 2 to access the proposed new inland port upstream at Stourton.

The River Calder Viaduct across the Aire & Calder Wakefield Branch would have been close to boat moorings below Kings Road Lock (near Rose Farm).

The visual impact of a new Leeds Station on the Canal Wharf Conservation Area of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and its listed warehouse would have been significant.

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