HS2 rail project and the canals



High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham initially, with further phases taking it to Manchester and to Leeds from where it would connect to the East Coast main line. The project is being developed by High Speed Two Ltd, which was established by the UK government. The project is highly controversial, and there is no certainty that any of it will ever be built, but the presumption has to be made that it will go ahead as planned.

The effect on the canals:

There are two major areas of interaction between the proposed Leeds phase and the two canals, which will necessitate adjustments to both routes, namely:

  1. Winterset Dam and Cold Hiendley Reservoir (Barnsley Canal)
  2. Worsbrough Arm and Stairfoot Junction with the Dearne & Dove main line


The Trust’s Directors consider that it is for Government and Parliament to decide whether the line should be built. Our task is to ensure that canal restoration is not compromised if the rail line is built. (We recognise that individual BDDCT members may have strong opinions about the project, which they can pursue separately.)


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