A Lichfield canal group have raised fresh concerns about the impact of HS2.
The local branch of the Inland Waterways Association have questioned some of the changes made to the route as the latest stage of a consultation into high speed rail takes place.
The group say a number of factors concern them, including:
- Noise and visual intrusion where the route crosses the waterway at Cappers Lane.
- A new site to be used for between five and six years for stockpiling materials alongside the Coventry Canal between Streethay and Huddlesford.
- The impact of landscaping and embankments.
The Association claim that the Woodend to Fradley Junction section of the Trent and Mersey Canal is “one of the most damaging crossings nationally”.
In a post on their website, the group added: “The ‘refined’ design still seriously affects the environment and heritage of the canal, especially the setting of Woodend Lock and cottage which are Listed Buildings within the canal Conservation Area.
“The [HS2 Ltd] report admits that these would suffer ‘significant’ effects.
“The view down the valley from the scenic and historically significant corner at Woodend, where the canal changes from an overall north-south to an east-west course, would be drastically changed by the proposed embankments and landscape planting.
“Three construction compounds near the canal would be in use for 18 months while the embankments and four canal bridges are built.
“Due to construction disturbance the moorings above Woodend Lock would be temporarily displaced and the residents of the lock cottage may need to be temporarily re-housed.”