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