8th July 2016
If you are not aware of the announcement made by HS2 Ltd. yesterday, please click here.
We have today received maps of the proposed chord to the Infrastructure Maintenance Depot at Staveley. They show that the fantastic efforts of our Work Party at Staveley Town Lock will be safe.
The chord will go along the route of the existing mineral line. Staveley Town Basin is in the upper middle. Below, the same map is shown the other way up.
The other end of the IMD, presumably with road access, is on Works Road, almost opposite Hollingwood Hub, which is where Works Road crosses the canal, see top right above.
Unfortunately, it is not all good news.
HS2 Ltd. issued this Press Release to the Derbyshire Times this morning:
“The original route crossed the Chesterfield Canal Regeneration Project five times between the Staveley Basin and Killamarsh.
On the new plans we only cross over the canal once. However, at that point the canal is in an existing tunnel with the new route passing over the top, so it should be manageable.
We are confident that a solution can be found that allows the Chesterfield Canal Trust to continue with its restoration project.”
We are delighted with the last paragraph. However the Norwood Tunnel, to which HS2 Ltd. refers in the second paragraph, collapsed and was written off in 1907. Eight years ago, following a study by Arup, a plan was agreed to avoid the tunnel by going up to the M1 motorway and using the Poplar Farm underpass. Click here for details. Click here for similar information on the Chesterfield Canal Partnership website.
We have no doubt that a solution can be found and we very much look forward to meeting with HS2 Ltd. to reach that solution. We trust that HS2 Ltd. will help us to get any necessary works done before their construction starts in that area, which might not be for ten years.