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High Speed Trains Threaten Tranquility of Fisheries


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Angling’s representative body the Angling Trust has written to Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon MP asking him to investigate the impact of the proposed new high speed line between London and Birmingham on fisheries. More than 40 river and still water fisheries have been identified as being adjacent to the route, including the iconic Savay and Korda lakes, which have long histories as prime carp and tench waters, attracting anglers from all over the country to fish them.

Trains will travel at up to 250mph on the new line and concerns have been raised about the impact this will have on the tranquillity of these fisheries and potential damage to water quality during the construction phase. The Angling Trust has called on the Minister to review the impact on the angling industry, which generates £3.5 billion for the economy each year, employs more than 37,000 people and raises about £25 million each year in rod licence revenue which is spent on protecting fish stocks and restoring rivers.

Research has shown that one of the obstacles to young people taking up fishing is a lack of safe places to go and fish. The Angling Trust is concerned that the noise from the new train line may damage the economic viability of angling clubs and fisheries along the route and they will have to close, reducing further the options available to anglers of all ages in this heavily-populated part of the country.

Angling Trust Chief Executive Mark Lloyd said: “millions of people go fishing to enjoy the uniquely peaceful qualities of waterside environments and the wildlife that they support. This very important tranquillity will be shattered if 250mph trains are routed alongside and over these very special lakes, rivers and canals, which have been fished for generations. We urge the Government to consider carefully the impact on fisheries and the environment, and explore all alternative possible routes, before giving this project the green light to proceed.

Notes to Editors:

The following fisheries have been identified by Angler’s Mail as being affected by the route:
1. Savay Lake, Colne Valley
2. Korda Lake, Colne Valley
3. Grand Union Canal, Paddington Branch
4. River Brent, Perivale, London
5. Grand Union Canal, Northolt
6. Yeading Brook, Ruislip Gardens
7. River Pinn, West Ruislip
8. Colne Brook, Uxbridge
9. Grand Union Canal, Harefield (Harrow Angling Society)
10. Pynesfield Lake, Harefield
11. Kingfisher Lake (Pit 4), Denham Cross, West London
12. Fray’s Valley
13. River Misbourne – follows from Chalfont St Giles
14. River Thame, Aylesbury
15. Bear Brook, Aylesbury
16. Great Ouse, Turweston/Brackley
17. River Itchen Ladbroke
18. Grand Union Canal, Ufton, Warwickshire
19. River Cherwell, Edgcote
20. Burnt Heath Farm , Offchurch
21. River Leam, Weston Under Westherley
22. River Avon & Stowe Mouth, Stareton and Stoneleigh
23. Brook Farm, Finham Brook, Stoneleigh
24. Lavender Hall Fisheries, Berkeswell
25. Shadow Brook, Diddington
26. River Blythe, Hampton In Arden
27. Brickfields Farm, Solihull
28. River Cole, Coleshill
29. River Thame, Water Orton – plans are to permanently reroute the river
30. Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, Curdworth
31. Cuttle Mill Farm Fisheries (Mill Pools), Wishaw
32. Pool House Farm, Hunts Green
33. Langley Brook, Middleton
34. Gallows Brook, Middleton
35. Bourne Brook, Hints
36. Coventry Canal, Whittington
37. Darnford Brook, Streethay
38. Fulfen Brook, Streethay Brook
39. Curborough Fisheries
40. Bourne Brook, Curborough

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