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Walk along Trent and Mersey Canal

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10:47

Walkers gathered for refreshments kindly provided by CPRE Cheshire Branch members Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan Walkers gathered for refreshments kindly provided by CPRE Cheshire Branch members Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan Photo: © Becca Nelson

The sun shone for our guided 2 mile walk in Mid-Cheshire to highlight the parts of the Dane Valley and Trent and Mersey that will be affected by HS2 if the realigned route is built.

The walk took place Sunday, 9th July between Billinge and Whatcroft near Northwich and was led by Ros Todhunter.

It provided a very good opportunity to see evidence of subsidence firsthand where in a number of areas it was clearly visible that the banks had subsided, land around the railway line had dropped from its original level and bridges had had to be rebuilt because they had sunk considerably. All of this evidence seems to indicate that there will be extensive and expensive difficulties with the new HS2 line.

Thanks go to not only to Ros Todhunter for leading the group but also to CPRE Cheshire members Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan for providing well earned refreshments following the walk.

CPRE Cheshire and CPRE Lancashire Branches plan on submitting comments on the HS2 Phase 2b: Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds - Consultations on the draft Environmental Impact Assessment.

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Misty sunrise over the Trent and Mersey Canal, Middlewich