The impact of HS2 on waterways in Fradley has been discussed at a meeting between Lichfield’s MP and officials.

Richard Parry, Richard Preston, Michael Fabricant and John Harris

Michael Fabricant met senior management of The Canal and River Trust in the wake of preparatory work on the controversial high speed rail line.

The Conservative MP said it was “imperative” that the impact was mitigated.

“The canals at Fradley Junction are the third most popular waterways in the whole country because of the position of the junction, confluence of two canals, and its stunning beauty.

“It is imperative that – following the destruction of ancient woodlands by HS2 at Wood End Lane – HS2 mitigate further damage to be done when the railway crosses the canal.

“I met Richard Parry, the chief executive of the trust, John Harris who is the HS2 lead at the trust, and partnerships manager Richard Preston.

“I expressed my concern at the proposed white concrete bridge that will cross the Trent and Mersey Canal just beyond Fradley Junction.

“Although there is no chance of now re-siting the bridge unless the Government cancels the whole project which is unlikely, there are ways of reducing the visual impact of the bridge which I shall be discussing with the Canal and River Trust and the managing director of HS2 Ltd.

“It is very important that HS2 does not spoil the environment surrounding the five locks at Fradley Junction and I shall be in negotiations with HS2 regarding this.”

Michael Fabricant MP

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4 Comments

  1. Fabricant is semi-detached from reality as ever. Freedumb Day is lurking with rising cases and the fastest u turn in political history on Boris and Sunak self-isolating and all he can talk about is canals…

  2. It’s a bit late for Mr Fabricant to pretend he cares about where HS2 goes now, when he didn’t vote against HS2 being built in the first place….especially when it didn’t make economic sense to have it in the first place.

  3. It is imperative that HS2 doesn’t ruin the beautiful Fradley Junction, one of the jewels in the Lichfield District. It’s so sad that they’ve already cut through Fradley Woods like a knife cutting out its heart. The Junction itself must be protected and preserved!

  4. As my friend told me last night – “Things change. They always do, it’s one of the things of nature. Most people are afraid of change, but if you look at it as something you can always count on, then it can be a comfort.”

    I think HS2 is happening whether we want it to happen or not. But we can try and make the best of what is happening.

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