HS2 in Hansard 28/01/2014

High Speed 2 Railway Line

Christopher Pincher: To ask the Secretary of State for

Transport what steps his Department is taking to

protect historic waterway assets from the negative

effects of High Speed 2. [184292]

Mr Goodwill: The route selection for HS2 has sought

to avoid direct impacts on heritage assets and avoid or

reduce adverse impacts on rivers, streams, ponds, canals

and groundwater. With both the Proposed Scheme for

Phase One and the current proposed scheme for Phase

Two, HS2 Ltd have been engaging with stakeholders,

including the Canal and RiverTrust, Environment Agency,

English Heritage and local councils with regards to

assets potentially impacted by HS2. In addition, the

Canal and River Trust has a role within the hybrid Bill

and have Protective Provisions in Part 4 of Schedule 31

to the Bill, which set out the protections to be provided

for any canal or waterway owned or managed by the

trust that may be affected by the works.

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