The Cefn & Cefn Mawr News 2017

Dear Reader, you will note that a lot of the articles in this news column are about the realities of what the HS2 rail program will cause or is causing. The PKC Group believe as many other groups do across the UK that a more efficient and better rail service would be acomplished by upgrading and reopening our existing regional railways. Our own line could aleviate consdierable trafffic from the West Coast Main Line for a fraction of the cost and make services that we can use, such as the former Wrexham & Shropshire commercially viable. Please also see our HS2 page.


Furthermore, the tax burden that our community will face for HS2 is the equivalent of what a Railway sation in Cefn Mawr would cost, that most of us would use. So this is an ideal example of what we say and why H2S is no good for most of the people of the UK.

The Mail On Line 31st December

So why CAN'T we run a railway?


The Sun 31st December 2017

FRESH GONG ROW Honours list blasted as it emerges all MPs on HS2 project will have knighthoods


Leader Live 29th December 2017

COUNCILS have been told they should work together as they prepare to secure their share of a £1.3 billion pot of cash. Wrexham MP Ian Lucas has called on Wrexham Council and Flintshire Council to finalise their Local Development Plans (LDP) sooner rather than later now they have submitted their


Leader Live 25th December 2017

PLANS to cut funding for Wrexham's World Heritage Site must not see the county lose its “jewel in the crown”, a meeting heard. Members of Wrexham Council's employment, business and investment scrutiny committee were examining budget proposals at the Guildhall, including a suggestion to save ...


Daily Mail 23rd December 2017

The future of England's largest reindeer farm is under threat from the construction of the controversial HS2 rail line.


The Telegraph 23rd December 2017

Britain's railways risk falling back to the 'days of British Rail', warns Transport Secretary 20th December 2017

New bus routes covering Penycae & Rhos to launch in 2018 – council continuing to “secure further provision” following closure of D Jones & Son


The Guardian 18th December 2017

A crucial email from government forbidding HS2 from handing an extra £1.76m to departing colleagues can be revealed by the Guardian – and it shows that HS2's chief executive was warned that even proposing such payouts “would cause enormous reputational damage to the company”. 16th December 2017

Bus company to cease trading – arrangements made to cover Wrexham school buses but ‘disruption inevitable’


The Telegraph 18th December 2017

The folly of splurging on HS2 while rural public services face collapse


The Times 15th December 2017

HS2 bosses ‘covered up’ unauthorised payments


The Sun 15th December 2017

HIGH SPEED GRAVY TRAIN HS2 bosses dished out £2m unauthorised gold-plated redundancy deals


Insider 15th December 2017

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee express concern after hearing evidence that claimed Simon Kirby failed to act on Department for Transport orders about redundancy payouts 


Talk Radio 15th December 2017

Former HS2 boss Simon Kirby could face action over 'shocking waste of taxpayer money'


The Leader 13th December 2017

Heavy snowfall and freezing conditions have lead to many schools being closed in Wrexham and Flintshire


Sky Sports 7th December 2017

Aston Villa considering relocating their training ground because of HS2


Camden New Journal 7th December 2017

Camden is in the process of being ruined by HS2


ITV 6th December 2017

Public to give opinion on new Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site


The London Economic 3rd December 2017

Villagers left seething after the remains of a Grade II-listed church building & its graveyard could be demolished to make way for the HS2 rail line


Shropshire Star 29th November 2017

3rd or 4th Masterplan for world heritage site


Left Foot Forward 29th November 2017

Jonathan Bartley: HS2 is an environmental disaster – we have to stop it in its tracks


Derbyshire Times 29th November 2017

VIDEO: Anger at plans to dig up historic churchyard for HS2


The Canary 28th November 2017

‘I’ll fuck you up’: the conduct of staff at a flagship government project is under investigation [VIDEO]


The Leader Live 28th November 2017

An architectural conservation award was also given to Plas Kynaston in Cefn Mawr, with a commendation award for the same category given to ...


Shropshire Star 21st November 2017

Illuminating survey of canal tunnel


BQ Live 20th November 2017


Underneath the Arches scoops top North Wales tourism award!


Shropshire Star 17th November 2017

Shropshire canal locks get winter overhaul - with video and pictures


Shropshire Star 16th November 2017

It’s tunnel vision as inspectors hit Llangollen canal


Shropshire Star 16th November 2017

Spend HS2 money on more nurses, says Shropshire councillor


Leader Live 16th November 2017

Inspection of Chirk Tunnel 8th November 2017

Trio of local concerts to end Fron Male Voice Choir’s 70th anniversary celebrations


Shropshire Star 4th November 2017

Kronospan storage facility may still get shelved 4th November 2017

Additional car park proposed to help meet tourism demand at Trevor Basin


The Advertiser 5th November 2015

Fron Male Voice Choir 70th Anniversary


BBC 3rd November 2017

'Magnet' fishing hobby hooks WW2 bomb on canal


BBC 1st November 2017

Anger over planned Wrexham country park cuts 23rd October 2017

Cross-border duck race goes swimmingly at Chirk Aqueduct! 20th October 2017

Local authorities encouraged to apply for share of Welsh Government’s new £100m regeneration programme


Manchester Evening News 21st October 2017

It's the end for Linda's Pantry, the greasy spoon cafe that's a city centre institution


Global Rail News 20th October 2017

UK rolling stock strategy: diesel, bi-mode and fuel cell-powered trains 20th October 2017

Government commits £48bn to railways by 2024, plus new upgrade funding process


Border Counties Advertiser 19th October 2017

Healthcare pressures see patients travelling across border to Oswestry


Shropshire Star 16th October 2017

The Shropshire Union Canal today


Shropshire Star 13th October 2017

Woore HS2 campaigners carry out their own traffic survey


Insider Media 13th October 2017

Northern intercity connectivity ‘must be addressed’


The Southern Echo 11th October 2017

Government spending on rail network falls to 15-year low of £4.2bn 10th October 2017

Further 0.3% cut on the cards for Wrexham Council as Welsh Government unveil provisional settlement


Shropshire Star 9th October 2017

Call to use disused Shropshire rail line for HS2 traffic to save village roads


Camden New Journal 30th September 2017

HS2 shut my hotel, says owner evicted from 80 year old business


Bucks Free Press 28th September 2017

Petition calling to 'cancel HS2' gains more than 10k signatures in less than a week


Get West London 26th September 2017

New petition to 'cancel HS2' goes viral in less than a week with more than 8,000 signatures


Birmingham Mail 22nd September 2017

Popular family shop and restaurant Packington Moor Farm forced to close after 30 years because of HS2


Rotherham Advertiser 22nd September 2017

"You will destroy our village for no reason" - Aston residents' message to HS2 bosses,you-will-destroy-our-village-for-no-reason-aston-residents-message-to-hs2-bosses_23899.htm


Derby Telegraph 20th September 2017

Stop HS2 campaigners launch second balloon ahead of Long Eaton consultation event


Shropshire Star 19th September 2017

Canalside event is a cracker


17th September 2017

HS2 campaigners threaten legal action unless rail route through their Yorkshire village is suspended 17th September 2017

“Local gem” in countryside crowned August winner of Wonders of Wrexham Calendar competition 17th September 2017

Preparation for Wrexham’s Local Development Plan seven months behind schedule


Express & Star 16th September 2017

'Affordability' of HS2 Phase 2 questioned by Government body


Shropshire Star 14th September 2017

Banging heads against a brick wall over re-use of rail lines


Whitchurch Herald 11th September 2017

The Boat Rally, which took place on the Whitchurch arm of the Llangollen Canal, saw boats moored up in the town for people to visit and learn more ...


Rotherham Advertiser 1st September 2017

Wildlife trust's worries over HS2 effect on environment,wildlife-trusts-worries-over-hs2-effect-on-environment_23666.htm


Derbyshire Times 1st September 2017

HS2 ‘will destroy’ two ancient woods in north east Derbyshire


Middlewich Guardian 28th August 2017

Anti-HS2 campaigners meet with the TaxPayers' Alliance to ramp up opposition


The Leader 26th August 2017

The Taste Test at Butty & Sweet Pontcysyllte


BBC 26th August 2017

Erewash canal: HS2 concerns raised at water festival


The Times 26th August 2017

Roads and railways will uproot ancient woodland, activists say


Get West London 25th August 2017

Euston station closed over Bank Holiday weekend for major works for HS2


Pontefact and Castleford Express 25th August 2017

HS2 ‘could ruin iron age camp’


Shropshire Star 25th August 2017

Runners gear up for Ellesmere's 10k race part way along Llangollen Canal


Reditch Standard 25th August 2017

No trains into or out of London Euston this weekend, August 26-27


BQ Live 23rd August 2017



The Mirror 23rd August 2017

Tens of thousand bodies to be dug-up and moved from burial ground to make way for £55.7bn high speed railway


The Telegraph and Argus 21st August 2017

Nearly 70,000 people sign petition urging more transport investment in North


The Star 21st August 2017

Standing room only


Shropshire Star 21st August 2017

HS2 protest stays on track with film


Daily Mail 18th August 2017

Fascinating vintage postcards reveal the stunning landscapes and picturesque towns of Victorian-era Wales including the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


The Express & Star 9th August 2017

Demolition looms for homes in path of HS2


The Express 8th August 2017

Woman breaks down in tears as Government plans to bulldoze her home for HS2 train line


Cambrian News 8th August 2017

New £7m station welcome but it is just crumbs from government


The Shropshire Star 2nd August 2017

Major tourism plans for Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site


BBC 1st August 2017

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 'potential to bring more jobs'


Express and Star 2nd August 2017

HS2 leaves nasty taste in the mouth  


The Guardian 1st August 2017
How northern rail connections have hit the buffers


The Mirror 25th June 2017

Sail away this summer with our top 10 canal holidays for the perfect retreat


Another Angry Voice 24th June 2017

“Taking back control" by handing control of HS2 to one of three foreign governments, this has good links to other relevant articles showing reasons for the downfall of our industry.


News North Wales 9th June 2017

Petition is launched as bus company axes routes around Wrexham


Daily Post 15th May 2017

Underneath the Arches returns to Wrexham - here's how to get tickets 28th April 2017

Two New Railway Stations Planned for Wrexham as Part of Welsh Government Rail Infrastructure Improvements


BBC News 27th April 2017

New railway station plans for Wales chosen for scrutiny


Daily Post 27th April 2017

Plans for four new North Wales railway stations take 'significant step forward'


The Leader 27th April 2017

Ambitious plans for three new train stations at Wrexham and Deeside


The Leader Live 26th April 2017

Penycae man battled through blistering heat of desert for seven days


Daily Post 24th April 2017

Wrexham AFC chiefs join outpouring of grief for disabled footballer who lost his life in Dee tragedy


Daily Post 23rd April 2017

Tributes have been paid to Rick Williams, 31, who died after getting into difficulty in the River Dee at Ty Mawr Country Park


The Sun 23rd April 2017

FAST RAIL AXE FOR BREXIT Tory MPs want to put halt to £100billion HS2 high-speed rail network to save money for Brexit 7th April 2017

Labour Launch Wrexham Manifesto


Horticultural Week 6th April 2017

More ancient woodland threatened by second phase of HS2, says Woodland Trust


Daily Post 5th April 2017

Wrexham to Chester railway line upgrade finally complete after major delays


The Daily Mail 4th April 2017

HS2 bosses are accused of squandering taxpayers' money after it is revealed they have 17 PR firms on their payroll


The Telegraph 1st April 2017

HS2 contracts set for scrutiny as scale of links with contractor revealed


Wakefield Express 31st March 2017

Counting the Cost, High speed rail bosses have been spending hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money on public events to promote the controversial HS2 scheme.


Mix 96 31st March 2017

Chesham and Amersham's MP has called for a full inquiry, after an HS2 contractor pulled out of the scheme.


The Sun 30th March 2017

OFF THE RAILS HS2 plunged into chaos as its top boss walks out and furious MPs demand an inquiry into the £55bn project


The Sun 29th March 2017

'COSY LITTLE RELATIONSHIP' Engineering firm QUITS £170m HS2 contract to develop high-speed rail line in furore over conflicts of interest


Daily Post 29th March 2017

17-stone Greggs worker used to eat all this in a day...but she hit the gym and now lifts TWICE her old body weight


Place North West 28th March 2017

Time is right for Mid Cheshire line to reopen, say rail campaigners 24th March 2017

Firefighters Tackle Large Blaze at ‘Disused Gym’ in Acrefair


CRT 24th March 2017

Brian and Jane, Life of a Black Smith on the Llangollen Canal


Daily Post 24th March 2017

Firefighters tackled a building fire for more than two hours on Llangollen Road in Acrefair 14th March 2017

Residents Call For Crackdown on Parking Issues on Estate Amid Safety Concerns


BBC News 8th March 2017

'Rat issues' at unfinished Cefn Mawr housing scheme


Daily Post 3rd March 2017

Bid for 12,000 Wrexham houses should be scrapped say Plaid who claim population IS NOT increasing


The Leader 1st March 2017

Plans for 232 new homes in Wrexham are tipped for approval


Daily Post 28th February 2017

Homes plan for former Wrexham factory which shut with loss of 200 jobs 24th February 2017

Widespread Power Cut Across Parts of Wrexham


Lancashire Post 24th February 2017

Rail boss says travel across the north is as important as north to south


Evening Standard 21st February 2017

Labour MP Sir Keir Starmer warns HS2 work will 'devastate' the lives of Londoners for 17 years


BBT 20th February 2017

Taxpayers’ Alliance: HS2 bill could hit £90bn


City AM 20th February 2017

Why HS2 could be a train wreck for Euston station


BBC 20th February 2017

Environmentalists and libertarians unite in HS2 criticism


City AM 20th February 2017

The HS2 cost for taxpayers could top £90bn, warns the TaxPayers' Alliance


News North Wales 18th February 2017

Work begins on £500,000 refurb for Wrexham's Plas Madoc Leisure Centre


The Leader Live 16th February 2017

Work starts on £3million extension to Penycae Primary School


Growth Track 360 18th February 2017

Growth Track 360 prime minister backs £1 billion rail vision to create 70,000 jobs


The Telegraph 12th February 2017

Letters: Britain can improve its railways without scarring the countryside


The Telegraph 12th February 2017

HS2 is monumentally wasteful, outdated, and will do nothing for the North – it must be scrapped


Middlewich Guardian 12th February 2017

Canal volunteers fear HS2 changes could impact 'tranquility' of area


The Leader Live 9th February 2017

New book reveals the true story of engineering 'iron man' Thomas Telford


The Telegraph 5th February 2017

Letters: The folly of splurging on HS2 at the expense of existing low-cost lines


The Telegraph 4th February 2017

Man who ran George Osborne’s Treasury comes out against High Speed Two


Lichfield Live 1st February 2017

Groups launch advertising campaign in last ditch bid to derail HS2


The Mirror 29th January 2017

HS2 section of railway in ex-mining area 'at high risk of COLLAPSE', report warns


The Daily Millbury 28th January 2017

HS2 accused of jobs for the boys over £535k-a-year boss


The Daily Post 26th January 2017

Fancy running a floating cafe at Wrexham's 'jawdropping' Pontcysllte Aqueduct? With 300,000 tourists, a year The Canal & River Trust want someone to open a café.


European Railway Review 17th January 2017

Prime Minister supports campaign to deliver £1bn rail improvements across North Wales & Cheshire


Bucks Herald 17th January 2017

The Government has backed down and confirmed that HS2 Ltd is not allowed to buy land through compulsory purchase to develop projects unrelated to the construction of the rail line.


Chester Chronicle 16th January 2017

Visionary volunteers needed to shape future of region's canals


Mirror 13th January 2017

Ministers REFUSE to guarantee British steel will be used to build £55.7billion HS2 railway


Burton Mail 9th June 2017

Campaign group set up to fight against new HS2 high speed rail plan in Measham


News North Wales 7th January 2017

Wrexham police station site bids 'in process of being assessed'


The Times 8th January 2017

Leavers on the line: two more HS2 bosses quit


Rail Technology 7th January 2017

Treasury committee chair claims HS2 demand forecasts lack credibility


The Guardian 6th January 2017

Old, overcrowded and underfunded: it is time to overhaul our railways


New Civil Engineer 5th January 2017

Serious concern over HS2 demand forecast


Building UK 4th January 2017

HS2 demand forecasts 'lack credibility'


News North Wales 4th January 2017

Possible alternatives being sought for new health centre in Cefn Mawr


Surveyor Transport Network 4th January 2017

Senior MP questions credibility of HS2 forecast


UKIP 3rd January 2017

Train Fare Rises: Ministers eyes on HS2 rather than the service we need and use


Shropshire Star 3rd January 2017

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct to close for repairs on the Shropshire border, it will be closed for three weeks in the new year to allow for repair works to be carried out.


Nottingham Post 1st January 2017

Stunning views from this beauty spot on Erewash Canal could be ruined by HS2'


Guardian 28th December 2016

Trains on UK railways more than 20 years old, analysis shows