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Chesterfield Canal Trust says it 'welcomes' news that discussions have been taking place between HS2 Ltd. and local authorities over the route of the new line between London and Leeds, but has warned the proposals 'serve to blight' further regeneration of the waterway.
It comes after concerns were raised over the impact the line would have on the 300-year-old canal and amid claims the route was drawn up using out of date maps.
HS2 Ltd. said the route is 'the Government's initial preferred route' and it is now able to 'address concerns about specific sites'.
Members of the Trust have now requested discussions with HS2 officials before a full public consultation is launched later this year.
Officials planning the route the high speed rail line between London and Leeds have said they are 'now able to address concerns about specific sites' amid fears the route jeopardise further restoration of the Chesterfield Canal.
Campaigners against HS2 have expressed concerns about the route which would cut through a new marina on the canal, threatening years of restoration work.
Robin Stonebridge from the Chesterfield Canal Trust, said: "What we're trying to do is bring this to the attention of HS2 and the Department for Transport and we're very confident that we'll be able to have proper dialogue with them on it."
The MP for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins has dubbed the decision over where to build the high speed rail link 'amateurish'. It's after claims the maps used to choose the route were out of date.
The track, which links London to Leeds cuts across parts of Chesterfield canal.
But documents regarding the construction of the link, which were submitted to the government in March 2012, included maps which are missing nearby Staveley Basin which was built more than a year ago.
It's claimed the maps used to draw up the route for the new high speed rail link could be out of date.
The track, which links London to Leeds, cuts over stretches of the Chesterfield Canal.
But documents regarding the construction of the link, which were submitted to the government in March 2012, failed to include Staveley Town Basin that was completed more than a year ago.
It has also been claimed a 600 metre stretch of restored waterway is missing from the map.
Robin Stonebridge is from the Chesterfield Canal Trust.
Maps used to calculate the route for the High Speed Rail link could be out of date, say campaigners. The link between London and Leeds would cut straight through a new marina on the Chesterfield Canal, which isn't on the map of the route.