We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.
Our HS2 route changes have already reduced waterways crossings – saving the project £50 million – and we have secured agreement for a new canal restoration route, a new mooring basin, changes in viaduct designs and improved noise protection.
HS2 waterway current campaign areas
We still have major concerns about:
the impact of the Handsacre Link
the peaceful summit section of the Oxford Canal near Wormleighton
change the route of the Handsacre Link spur near Lichfield to avoid two crossings of the Trent & Mersey Canal which would have seriously damaged the environment, tranquillity and heritage of the canal around Woodend Lock above Fradley Junction
build a canal diversion and fund a replacement moorings basin at Cappers Lane in Lichfield when the bridge there is demolished for an HS2 viaduct
lower the height of the viaducts around Kings Bromley
add more noise fencing at Fradley and Great Haywood
fund environmental enhancement works at Great Haywood
How you can help
We have been campaigning against the worst effects of HS2 for over a decade. The huge achievements of our HS2 campaign are down to our dedicated expert volunteers, who have given evidence to parliamentary select committees, met HS2 engineers and liaised with construction contractors.
Support us or – if you think you might be able to help with the detailed analysis and consultation responses – we would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Latest consultation responses
HS2 Phase 2b (2020)
IWA's Response to the HS2 Phase 2b Rail Needs Assessment for the Midlands and the North Consultation
Fradley Junction’s precious heritage was protected through our campaigning.
Phase 2a runs from Lichfield to Crewe.
We still have concerns about the Handsacre Link and the impact on the Trent & Mersey Canal.
waterways at risk
Phase 2b is in two parts; west from Crewe to Manchester and east from Lichfield to Leeds. Parts of this have now been scrapped in favour of upgrading existing lines but a number of waterways remain under threat.
After a decade-long campaign, we will continue to engage with all the HS2 public consultations and work for better protection for the precious environment of our navigable and restorable waterways.
We are campaigning for boating on canals and rivers to be more sustainable.
Britain’s canals and rivers are a unique, living heritage. But that heritage is at risk.
Hundreds of miles of waterways are currently starved of funding.
Bringing Britain’s blue infrastructure back to life is good for people and places.
LOVE YOUR WATERWAYS
Britain's waterways are vital; together we can campaign for them now and for the future.
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