News 2013

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The Blue & Green Tomorrow 20th December 2013

HS2 shows ‘shocking disregard’ for nature, says Woodland Trust


The Leicester Mercury 20th December 2013

Forget HS2, we need clean, affordable railways


The Express and Star 21st December 2013

HS2 objection to be submitted, an official objection to the second phase of the HS2 rail link will be submitted by Staffordshire County Council chiefs who are putting the finishing touches to the document.


The Oxford Times 19th December 2013

High speed line 'threat to habitats'


The Leader Live 18th December 2013

Hundreds descend on Cefn Mawr for festival


The Transport Extra 18th December 2013

Legal battle over release of critical HS2 reports


North Wales news 17th December 2013

Hundreds descend on Cefn Mawr for festival


North Wales News 12th December 2013

Santas' kickstart for cancer charity as Froncysyllte group get on their bikes


The Engineer 13th December 2013

Should China invest in HS2? Another insult to British Industry?


BBC News 2nd December 2013

Musician falls in Llangollen Canal trying to rescue saxophone


Voice of Russia 26th November 2013

HS2 protest outside Parliament: "HS2 is Otter Madness"


The Independent 26th November 2013

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The final word on HS2 (plus about 20 million others, too)


The Daily Mail 26th November 2013

Fury as Government's environmental case for HS2 runs to massive 50,000 pages - with just 60 days to read an entire forest, Think before you print!


The Telegraph 24th November 2013

'HS2? Its £50bn wasted on a silly line for tycoons, writer Frederick Forsyth attacks the errors in judgment which have cost the Tories his vote


The Bucks Herald 23rd November 2013

Story behind the OTHER rail plan in Bucks


News North Wales 20th November 2013

HSBC Llangollen bank customers in closure protest, just like Cefn Mawr all over again!

Shropshire Star 17th November 2013

Subsidence fears as cracks appear in road alongside Llangollen Canal


News North Wales 15th November 2013

Wrexham boy offers help after Typhoon


BBC News 14th November 2013

Direct Shrewsbury-to-London train services to restart


News North Wales 14th November 2013

Llangollen included in ambitious plans to transform canals in Wales


Wales on Line 13th November 2013

Wales' canals bid to become world class tourist attractions


BBC News Wales 12th November 2013

Philippines typhoon: Wrexham mother's concern for son, 14


North Wales News 12th December 2013

Cefn Mawr mum's fears for son stuck in typhoon-hit Philippines village


ITV 11TH November 2013

MPs quiz Transport Secretary over HS2 claims


The Scotsman 6th November 2013

HS2 alternative that makes sense


BBC News 5th November 2013

Virgin renews bid for Shrewsbury to London direct rail service


The Wirral Globe 5th November 2013

HS2 must be stopped


The Northwich Guardian 30th October 2013

Use the £40 billion about to be squandered on the daft HS2 idea to fund our own power stations, be they nuclear or oil powered. As for the incinerator to be built ... 31st October 2013

70% of IoD members say HS2 will have no impact on business


The Yorkshire Post 31st October 2013

Spin and hot air hides the impact of HS2


The Daily Post 30th October 2013

HS2: Plaid Cymru say there will be no benefit for North Wales


North Wales News 29th October 2013

Children at Cefn Mawr school prove they have the X-factor


The Daily Mail 28th October 2013

Railway line shut by Beeching 'can save us £36bn': Critics put forward alternative route using track closed in the 1960s


The Telegraph 27th October 2013

HS2: Labour to examine cheaper rival plan. More trouble for HS2 as Labour MP says a rival route would be cheaper


The Cornishman 25th October 2013

West Country rail users 'angry' as HS2 costs rack up


Wales On Line 24th October 2013

Welsh Government insists Wales has been allocated £35m as result of HS2 spending, but what will it loose???


BBC News 24th October 2013

Conflict over High Speed 2 rail extra cash for Wales 19th October 2013

UK cities 'could lose £220m' over HS2 rail project


BBC News 19th October 2013

The Welsh, Bypass HS2 and more depression for Wales


Bucks Free Press 18th October 2013

HS2 is environmentally damaging


Coventry Telegraph 15th October 2013

Top cop's five-hour rail journey sparks HS2 fury


City AM 14th October 2013

HS2 protesters take fight to the Supreme Court


BBC 2nd October 2013

Why Shrewsbury misses the train to London


The Times 23rd September 2013

In its short life, the Wrexham and Shropshire Railway sought to recreate the best of rail travel including an ‘old fashioned’ buffet car


The Telegraph 16th September 2013

Our railways are still on the wrong track


Warrington Guardian 16th September 2013

County unites to say no to HS2


The Telegraph 14th September 2013

Lord Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group, attacked the Government and HS2 Ltd for “bulldozing through” a badly-designed project which “just doesn't ...

The Scotsman 14th September 2013

No value in HS2


BBC News 4th September 2013

Pressure for direct Shrewsbury to London services to restart


The Leader 3rd September 2013

Plans unveiled for Llangollen to stage multi-sport festival…..


News North Wales 3rd September 2013

Green light for Wrexham jobs boost


The Shropshire Star 2nd September 2013

Petition for Shrewsbury to London rail service gets 4,000 signatures….a real alternative to the London – Birmigham HS2 link at a fraction of the cost….


North Wales News 2nd September 2013

Day filled with animal magic down on Cefn Mawr farm


The Leader 2nd September 2013

Day filled with animal magic down on Cefn Mawr farm


Bolton News 2nd September 2013

Historic steam power brings crowds to Bolton station – Not HS2


Llanglogger 30th August 2013

The Mayor of Llangollen, Cllr Robert Lube, accepts Cittaslow Accreditation from  representatives of the organisation in Mold. LLANGOLLEN has just officially become part of a select worldwide community dedicated to safeguarding precious resources.


Shropshire Star 30th August 2013

Rail service on track nine out of 10 times. Train punctuality in Shropshire and Mid Wales is bucking the national trend with almost nine out of 10 services on time, new statistics showed today.


Shropshire Star 30th August 2013

Wem has hopes of being a direct London rail link stop


Shropshire Star 30th August 2013

A little imagination is all it will take to see benefits of rail link…..


Daily Post 29th August 2013

Deeside Industrial Park chairman calls for HS2 rail link to be scrapped, money better spent on regional rail, like Wrexham to Liverpool link…..


Shropshire Star 29th August 2013

No case for HS2 project, Older, wiser people were trained to “live within your means”. Unfortunately George Osborne obviously was not told this!


Shropshire Star 29th August 2013

More than 2,600 readers have now signed up to the Shropshire Star’s campaign calling for a direct rail link to London to be reinstated.


Shropshire Star 28th August 2013

Work has begun on the £10.5 million upgrade of railway tracks between Shrewsbury and Wrexham.


Buck Free Press 28th August 2013

Date set for HS2 Supreme Court appeal


South West Business 28th August 2013

Peter Livingstone, IOD chairman for Somerset: HS2 rail link billions would be better spent elsewhere


Independent 26th August 2013

The HS2 sums just don't add up. If Labour formally abandons HS2, investors will shy away from it as well…….


Express & Star 26th August 2013

Taxpayers’ cash used to promote HS2 case


The Guardian 25th August 2013

HS2 is certainly not for northerners' benefit. The way to build up the north is to improve rail links between its towns. Trains to London are fast enough already


The Telegraph 25th August 2013

Pump money into the railways... but not HS2, this makes very good sense read it… the GWR Line.


BBC News Wales 24th August 2013

Rail disruption warning as viaduct work to last a week but will help upgrade service


Daily Mail 24th August 2013

Rail network could fall apart because £70bn HS2 line will drain money away from rest of the network, says Alistair Darling


The Telegraph 24th August 2013

Tory peer Lord Ashcroft calls on David Cameron to 'scrap' HS2. Pressure is growing on David Cameron to abandon the controversial HS2 rail project after a senior Conservative peer called on him to “scrap it now”.


Shropshire Star 24th August 2013

Thousands of Shropshire Star readers are backing our campaign to get the county’s rail link to London reinstated.


EADT24 20th August 2013

East Anglia Business calls for rail boost from government as transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin heads east as a more viable option than HS2


The Daily Mail 19th August 2013

HS2 link 'could cost every family £3,000 and defies economic logic': Senior Tories braced for revolt after estimated cost rises to £80bn News 19th August 2013

HS2: 'Crescendo of opposition getting louder'


BBC News 18th August 2013

HS2 rail project 'could cost taxpayer £80bn'


The Guardian 18th August 2013

HS2 should be scrapped before budget soars to £80bn, warns thinktank News 18th August 2013

HS2 Costs could soar in controversial rail project to 80 billion


The Telegraph 17th August 2013

High speed rail scheme cost to double to £80bn, economists warn


The Telegraph 16th August 2013

Stretch of 8th century Offa's Dyke flattened


Camden New Journal 15th August 2013

Rail pioneer Robert Stephenson's "last surviving masterpiece" faces axe in HS2 plan


News North Wales 6th August 2013

Big housing scheme for Johnstown brickworks site


Shropshire Star 1st August 2013

Network Rail fouled up the prospect of a return of Shropshire’s direct rail link to London, the county’s remaining hope was that an appeal to the referee would prevail.


Property Week 30th July 2013

Camden Council will take HS2 challenge to the Supreme Court Property Week News


Stop HS2 29th July 2013

HS2 will save far less than 1% of long distance road trips


Kenilworth Weekly News 26th July 2013

Protestors defiant as HS2 appeal is rejected and will now proceed to Supreme Court


The Times 25th July 2013

Fix the potholes, improve existing railways, build a third runway at Heathrow. And there will still be money left over. This is an article about a railway, but it begins ...



Chester Chronicle 24th July 2013

Protection for North Cheshire green belt urged in draft local plan


The Free Press 24th July 2013

£350k grant success to revamp the chain bridge


24 News 24th July 2013

Court of Appeal dismisses councils' attempt to block HS2 News 24th July 2013

The way people on Phase 2 of HS2 were not consulted on the principle of HS2 in 2011 may not have been illegal, but it was immoral. In the same way, the cursory glance which has been given to the environmental destruction HS2 would cause might not be ...


The Coventry Telegraph 22nd July 2013

County council blasts HS2 report, says it has been 'rushed through'


Lancashire Evening Post 22nd July 2013

A senior politician for the region believes the proposed HS2 high-speed rail link needs rethinking. News 21st July 2013

'Since it was first announced, the costs have escalated relentlessly,' the article reads. 'It now looks as if HS2 will cost £50billion — nearly £2,000 for every household in Britain for a railway only one to two per cent of the population will use.'


Cheshire Today 21st July 2013

MEP in High Speed Two U turn


The Telegraph 20th July 2013

HS2 - A first-class folly of misty-eyed rail romantics……


The Telegraph 19th July 2013

The case for the High Speed Rail train link between London, Birmingham and the north of England is yet to be made, according to Vince Cable…….


News North Wales 18th July 2013

Grant success for Llangollen chain bridge revamp


BBC News 18th July 2013

Llangollen chain bridge restoration gets £350,000 lottery grant


The Times 18th July 2013

If the high-speed rail project goes ahead, the rest of the network must not be neglected, or the rate of accidents is bound to increase


EMF Technology 14th July 2013

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Searchlight show for Pontfest 2013!


Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site 13th July 2013

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The Staffordshire Sentinel 13th July 2013

High speed trains will bypass Stoke on Trent never mind Wales….


Financial Times 12th July 2013
The business case for High Speed 2 is built on a fundamental flaw. At the time when the business case was published by HS2 Ltd (the company the Department for Transport had set up to promote and evaluate the project) had gone through a first set of revisions. These were to correct some errors in earlier analyses due in part ...,Authorised=false.html?


London Loves Business 8th July 2013

Building HS2 will cost £70bn and NOT £42bn, says Boris


The Telegraph 8th July 2013

Chancellor faces revolt in his own backyard over high speed rail


News North Wales 7th July 2013

Wrexham grant approval could lead to £1m tourism growth


BBC News Wales 6th July 2013

Wrexham Lager plans expansion over Titanic demand


The Shropshire Star 5th July 2013

Champion Pontcysyllte Aqueduct call to boost tourism


Canal World 4th July 2013

Llangollen canal 3 night short break


The Lichfield Mercury 4th July 2013

HS2 'Destructive' route will plough through 67 ancient woodlands


The Scotsman 4th July 2013

Sleeper can take HS2 strain for less


The Telegraph 3rd July 2013

If it looks, walks and talks like a white elephant, then it must be High Speed 2


Visit Wales 1st July 2013

The dramatic Pontycysyllte Aqueduct is an engineering marvel and a World Heritage Site.


The Telegraph 29th June 2013

HS2 will suck up cash, warns Alistair Darling


Leamington Observer 28th June 2013

Call for public inquiry into HS2 as cost spirals


The Construction Enquirer 27th June 2013

HS2 railway costs soar 30% to £43bn


The Guardian 26th June 2013

Cost of HS2 up £10bn to £42.6bn, transport secretary tells MPs


The Financial Times 26th June 2013

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The Home of Conservatism 26th June 2013

Cheryl Gillan MP: Here are just some of the 80-plus ways in which HS2's £33 billion could better be spent


Yorkshire Evening Post 25th June 2013

Dozens of MPs sign anti-HS2 motion


Shropshire Star 21st June 2013

Historic aqueduct to be lit up as part of anniversary celebrations


Northwhich Guardian 21st June 2013

ANTI HS2 campaigners attract hundreds at Cheshire County Show


BBC News North East Wales 20th June 2013

Cefn Mawr's Holly Bush Inn museum plan…….. 20th June 2013

Music Spectacular Set to Light Up Aqueduct


WCBC 19th June 2013

Music Spectacular Set to Light Up the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct! Wrexham’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct will be lit-up as part of a spectacular evening of music and entertainment on Friday 12th July.


The Information 18th June 2013

Government must consider better-value HS2 rail transport alternatives


Liverpool Daily Post 18th June 2013

£33bn for HS2 project should be spent elsewhere, says think tank


The Express & Star 17th June 2013

Dozens of MPs to vote against HS2 in Commons vote


Rochdale News 16th June 2013

"Urgent action needs to be taken to put British rail services back on the right track," said UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall. “Our existing rail network is crying out for investment but our blinkered Government is more focused on railroading through the vanity project HS2 which has a business case based on figures over 10 years old.”


The Telegraph 15th June 2013

High Speed Rail incites Commons revolt, at least 40 MPs are planning to rebel against the Government’s controversial HS2 rail project when it faces its first vote in Parliament.


BBC News Shropshire 12th June 2013

Commons motion over Shrewsbury to London rail services bid


Carmarthen Journal 12th June 2013

Wales missing out on £1.9bn with H2S Welsh Bypass!!!!!!


BBC News Shropshire 11th June 2013

Shrewsbury to London train services bid rejected. A bid to run twice daily train services from Shropshire to London via Birmingham has been turned down and they are still planning on ploughing billions into HS2?????? What nut cases are running this country? 6th June 2013

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BBC News 5th June 2013

Wrexham beach scrapped through lack of funding as WCBC gets stuck in sand pit!!/mail/InboxLight.aspx?n=577961043&fid=1&mid=6f83ebb4-cf81-11e2-9050-001cc4eda7f4&fv=1!n=1839054982&fid=1&mid=570469fc-ce99-11e2-a1f1-002264c19764&fv=1


Wrexham Daily Post 3rd June 2013

Two Wrexham schools taken out of special measures. Inspectors for Estyn, the Wales school standard watchdog, said Ysgol Min-Y-Ddol in Cefn Mawr  and Ysgol Penrhyn, New Broughton, have made good progress since critical reports in 2011.


Spend Matters 21st May 2013

The National Audit Office has published one of the most critical reports I’ve seen in a long time, covering HS2….


BBC News 21st May 2013

HS2 plan and Wakefield Council leader attacks scheme


New Civil Engineer 21st May 2013

HS2 Chief Engineer rails against construction inefficiency


Shropshire Star 21st May 2013

Taff the horse makes narrow boat trip special on Llangollen Canal


Daventry Express 27th April 2013

Rail line campaigners accuse government of ‘conning the taxpayer’


Camden New Journal 19th April 2010

HS2 plans for Euston Station collapse in a costing shambles reminiscent of the Kings Cross overspend


Ilkley Gazette 5th April 2013

Award-winning choir excited by Yeadon return


This is Staffordshire on Line 5th April 2013

High-speed rail link 'will devastate lives' says Nigel Farage


The Camden New Journal 4th April 2013

New 'cheapskate' HS2 Euston Station: years of disruption and now 30% over budget already?

North Wales Pioneer 30th March 2013

Llangollen Railway Plc. The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8SN


Ilkley Gazette 23rd March 2013

Voices from the valley to sing in Yeadon


Canal & River Trust 18th March 2013

Montgomery and Llangollen Canal Volunteer Group


Daily Post 14th March 2013

Campaigners to march on Cardiff over 'unaffordable homes'

Towpath Talk 28th February 2013

Canal Group Buys Village’s Oldest Pub

BBC News Shropshire 7th February 2013

Shropshire to London trains: New service planned, two new train services from Shropshire to London could be running by December.

Shropshire Star 5th February 2013

North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson has said he is ‘encouraged’ by the progress being made in the battle to restore a direct rail link from Shropshire to London.


Venetian Marina January 31st 2013

The Llangollen Canal crosses the border between England and Wales. Due to its breath taking countryside and unique engineering the area has many visitors, attracting around 200,000 tourists a year.


Border Counties Advertiser 22nd January 2013

Fourteen-year-old Zac Williams is part of the Maelor Boxing Club in Cefn Mawr, where he has been training since taking up the sport nine months ago.