7th July 2016
HS2 Ltd. today announced their revised suggestions for the route of HS2 affecting Sheffield and South Yorkshire. Click here to see the document.
Briefly the new proposal is to move the HS2 mainline further east, to scrap the proposed station at Meadowhall and to put in links from the HS2 line to the Midland Mainline route through Chesterfield and Sheffield, which will have been electrified by then. Some trains would take this route, giving Chesterfield direct access to HS2.
The effect of this would be to remove the threat to the canal of multiple crossings by HS2 and it sitting directly upon the canal line for 2km at Renishaw and Killamarsh.
There would be a single crossing of the HS2 mainline. This would be just west of the M1 at Norwood, just above Norwood Locks.
There is currently no map including the proposed Infrastruture Maintenance Depot at Staveley, but we believe that there will only be one chord to it and that will come from the north, leaving the main line just south of Barlborough. This would need to cross the canal, but apparently it would only be once and would not interfere with Staveley Town Basin. The point where the chord leaves the mainline can be seen in the middle of this map.
However this is still a proposal. The original route has not been abandoned. To see maps of the original route, click here.
Thus we are still blighted. The only difference is that there is a new area of blight and this right next to a historically important flight of locks.
This is from the document linked above.
This map is from another document called the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Options Report. Click here to see it.
This shows where the route crosses the canal line at Norwood. The bendy black line in the middle is the HS2 mainline route.
Click here to see the full map.
This is a detail at Norwood from this map. Norwood Tunnel is ‘Tunnel’ towards the top. The current path from the Norwood Tunnel’s western portal is marked as ‘Path’ towards the top left. The current plan is for the canal to go under the M1 where it says ‘Subway’.
Finally – HS2 Ltd. is still using old maps! This does not show Staveley Town Basin and has a new road that does not exist, exactly as we pointed out here in February 2013. The above is a detail from this map.