The Cefn & Cefn Mawr News 2018

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 Leader 29th December 2018

Cable car plans for Cefn Mawr town centre to boost tourism


Shropshire Star 28th December 2018

Five jobs moor up at new Llangollen Canal base


Whitchurch Herald 23rd December 2018

Canal & River Trust urged people to explore Shropshire Union, Montgomery and Llangollen canals


Whitchurch Herald 22nd December 2018

Whixall Marina set to play host to new holiday boats


The Independent 20th December 2018

HS2 accused of inadequate planning as company prepares to commit ‘unacceptable’ damage to wildlife


Northwich Guardian 20th December 2018

Thousands back Woodland Trust's 'stark' HS2 objection


New Civil Engineer 20th December 2018

Sacked HS2 boss says cost estimate is ‘enormously wrong'


Warrington World Wide 18th December 2018

THE strength of public feeling against the annihilation of ancient woodland for the HS2 rail line  must serve as a wake-up call to those designing the scheme.


The Independent 18th December 2018

The cost of the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project, intended to increase capacity between London, the Midlands and the north of England, is under fresh scrutiny.


BBC News 18th December 2018

HS2: MPs had 'enormously wrong' cost estimate, says whistle-blower


The Times 16th December 2018

Soggy land could send costs of HS2 soaring


The Guardian 15th December 2018

Crossrail reveals the depth of Britain's north-south divide but worse is happening at its sister project HS2, whose £56bn budget – up from an original £34bn – has gripped its backers in mendacity for five years or ...


Derby Telegraph 14th December 2018

HS2 branded 'unacceptable' by Erewash Borough Council


Rail Technology Magazine 14th December 2018

HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years


BBC News 10th December

Liverpool mayor quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership


Liverpool Echo 10th December 2018

HS2 & Northern Power House - Why Liverpool mayor wouldn't trust government officials ‘to run a p**s-up in a brewery’


ENR-Engineering News Record 10th December 2018

UK High-Speed Rail Chief Quits After Delay Reports


The Gaudian 10th December 2018

Delays and departures as yet another infrastructure project goes off the rails, HS2 maintains that parliamentarians, planners and the thousands of skilled construction workers who haven’t yet departed for Poland can still deliver this ambitious infrastructure on time.


Whitchurch Herald 10th December 2018

Chance for Cheshire and North Wales farmers to switch slug pellets and help improve river water quality in both the Dee River and Llangollen Canal.


Rotherham Business News 8th December 2018

Rotherham Council wants to stop HS2 in its tracks


Warrington World Wide 8th December 2018

Parish council’s strongly worded protest over HS2


Yorkshire Post 8th December 2018

Carmel Harrison: Scrap HS2 vanity project and invest the money in rebuilding the North’s rail services


Real Business 8th December 2018

Here's looking at you HS2: Is the project already in trouble?


Express & Star 7th December 2018

Campaigners slam 'shambolic' HS2 after boss axed


The Economist 6th December 2018

Britain’s engineering reputation goes down the tube


Cheshire Live 5th December 2018

University of Chester professor to appear in BBC TV documentary


The Shropshire Star 5th December 2018

Family helped by Oswestry health centre raises £4,000


Shropshire Star 26th November 2018

Monty movie is launched (Montgomery Canal)


Wired Gov 19th November 2018

Transport Secretary puts forward Welsh stations for UK Government improvements


Boarder Counties Advertiser 18th November 2018

Chirk 'must do more' to capitalise on increased tourism in region


Shropshire Star 17th November 2018

Public to hear of future plans for Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site


Rail Technology Magazine 7th November 2018

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans 7th November 2018

Cefn Mawr commemorative booklet produced as ‘fitting tribute’ with involvement of 120 local pupils


Mirror 4th November 2018

Failing Chris Grayling admits Tories may ditch the Northern half of HS2


Express 2nd November 2018

HS2 archaeologists begin exhuming 60,000 bodies to make way for high speed railway


ABC News 2nd November 2018

The $101 BILLION DOLLAR HS2 and gave digging, Even Captain Flinders the navigator that charted the coast of Australia may have asked questions about this. How much more cost effective would it have been to reopen the Great Central Line into St Pancras and then could have really had a highspeed railway all the way into Europe, Tesco Priced that out at £6 Billion in 2012.


Wales On Line 22nd October 2018

Concern mounts that HS2 means Wales will lose out on 'billions of pounds'


Canal & River Trust 18th October 2018

The future of our canals


I News 18th October 2018

HS2 leaked report: Rail project will cost taxpayers ‘25% more than similar schemes abroad’


Yorkshire Post 18th October 2018

'HS2 have blatantly lied to us': Anger as demolition numbers for newly-built housing estate treble


Daily Mail 14th October

Pensions Secretary Esther McVey warns cost of building HS2 could now DOUBLE to £100billion resulting in costing 15 times more per mile than the TGV!!!!!


The Leader 9th October 2018

Plans to transform Wales' rail services with £5bn investment


Wales on Line 7th October 2018

What passengers can expect from the new rail franchise


Global Railway Review 4th October 2018

Vibrant rail sector makes the UK an attractive home for overseas investors


CRT Waterfront 4th October 2018

A temporary dam, epic fish rescue and a new road in the canal bed to move a stranded boat while by-passing a nearby badger sett are just a few of the steps already taken in the Trust’s complex plan to repair a hole in the Shropshire Union Canal


Construction News 1st October 2018

HS2: Boris calls for £56bn line to be stopped


Daily Mail 30t September 2018

Cabinet split over new bid to derail £56billion HS2 as senior Tories call to axe rail project


Politics Home 30th September 2018

DITCH HS2 CALL. In what will be seen as a bid to win over Conservative MPs in the north of England whose constituents faced rail chaos over the ..


The Telegraph 30th September 2018

More pressure on HS2 after Commons leader Andrea Leadsom calls for it to be scrapped


Boarder Counties Advertiser 27th September 2018

Second international duck race coming to Pontcysyllte WHS & Chirk Aqueduct


Pontefract and Castleford Express 28th September 2018

‘HS2 land grab could be worse than expected’


BBC 28th September 2018

World War One soldier Percy's love letters reveal last months


Daily Post 27th September 2018

World Tourism Day - 15 North Wales must-see destinations


Rail Technology Magazine 27th September 2018

Transport for the North and Midlands Connect join forces in new MoU


Shropshire Star 27th September 2018

Angry Shropshire councillors call for suspension of HS2 in letter to Prime Minister


Farmers Weekly 25th September 2018

Fed-up farmer blocks HS2 access to land


Doncaster Free Press 20th September 2018

Government agrees to pay out millions to Doncaster residents over HS2


Doncaster Free Press 20th September 2018

First freight train has arrived at £14 million iPort Rail facility in Doncaster 


BBC 15th September 2018

Roads closed as demolition work begins to make way for HS2


Mail on Line 15th September 2018

HS2 critics slam 'grotesque Stalinist' bridge designs set to carry 250mph high-speed trains will 'vandalise' the beauty of the Chilterns


The Times 15th September 2018

HS2 will inflict ‘Stalinist’ design on the Chilterns


Birmingham Mail 14th September 2018

'Mystifying, upsetting and disgusting' – outrage at demolition of Fox and Grapes pub for HS2


Transport Extra 14th September 2018

Crossrail backed despite delay – but opposition to HS2 remains strong


Rail Technology Magazine 14th September 2018

HS2 land purchase costs triple in six years, ‘significant uncertainty’ remains


Derby Telegraph 14th September 2018

Pensioner's anti-HS2 message spotted from the skies


The Metro 13th September 2018

Work begins to exhume ‘18,000 dead bodies, buried 20 deep’ for HS2 12th September 2018

£40m pothole backlog revealed amid praise for council winter grit effort


The BBC 12th September 2018

'Half of cabinet want to chuck' HS2, claims Stone MP


The Express & Star 12th September 2018

Sir Bill Cash: Half the Cabinet want to chuck 'fundamentally flawed' HS2


The Express 12th September 2018

Express exclusive poll reveals May should scrap ‘pointless £56bn HS2’


Mice Times 11th September 2018

The world’s most beautiful water bridges.


Leader Live 11th September 2018

Wrexham's Plas Kynaston Hall now has a future after restoration effort


Morning Star 10th September 2018

Boris Johnson Calls for Tax Cuts For 'Dynamic' Post-Brexit Britain and the end of HS2


Chester Chronicle 8th September 2018

Chester residents' group still has concerns over Wrexham Road housing plan


The Telegraph 8th September 2018

Public would rather spend £56 billion HS2 fund on NHS, Telegraph poll finds


The Telegraph 8th September 2018

It's time to scrap HS2 6th September 2018

Concerns over plans for 600 houses by Holt Road – ‘equivalent of building an entire village’


The Leader Live 6th September 2018

Concerns over plans for 600 more houses in Wrexham


Shropshire Star 28th July 2018

Is it too late to slam the brakes on HS2?


The Telegraph 28th July 2018

HS2 is over-budget, unpopular and unjustified. Stop pouring billions into it


Shropshire Star 26th July 2018

Dicing with death, 125 feet up: Warning issued to aqueduct paddle boarders


The Leader 24th July 2018

Underneath the Arches light show spectacular enjoyed by thousands at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


Shropshire Star 23rd July 2018

Fireworks underneath aqueduct arches for annual spectacular - in photos


The Times 22nd July 2018

HS2 budget ‘will balloon to £80bn’, says secret report


Shropshire Star 11th July 2018

Person dies after being hit by train at Shropshire level crossing


Daily Echo 10th July 2018

Ex-hurricane could end hot weather and bring wind and rain to UK


The Guardian 8th July 2018

Blazing paddles: the high art of packrafting – in north Wales


My Welshpool 7th July 2018

Will canal open to Newtown? 5th July 2018

£60m internet connectivity plan explained to councillors – councils look to own and manage own ducting


The Leader Live 27th June 2018

easyCoach bus service to serve Wrexham and surrounding areas from today


I News 25th June 2018

HS2 woodland plans ‘are like replacing a Ming vase with cheap crockery’


The Leader 24th June 2018

Pontcysyllte: Tea rooms bring new life to former chapel


The Times 17th June 2018

HS2 ‘covered up petrifying overspends’


The London Economic 14th June 2018

Canaltime: A Relaxing Break on Britain’s Inland Waterways


The Guardian 11th June 2018

Let’s replace the HS2 project with local transport investment 2nd June 2018

Local Development Plan consultation extended as ‘not all the required documentation was available’ to public 


Biggles Wade Today 31st May 2018

China and canal trip among holiday tours for Sandy club members and guests 30th May 2018

Have you had your say on where over 8000 homes could be built in Wrexham? Public consultation on LDP closes tomorrow


Farming UK 27th May 2018

United Utilities invites farmers to night of pies, pints... and parasites


The Australian 26th May 2018

Locked and loaded


The Leader Live 10th May 2018

Ysgol Penycae ceremony after huge £2.6m revamp


The Leader Live 9th May 2018

Tate Modern: Wrexham pupils artwork displayed at national gallery 26th April 2018

‘Positive talks’ about new Cefn Mawr health centre during cabinet secretary’s visit


Leader Live 23rd April 2018

Transport links and road safety to get a major boost in Wrexham and Flintshire


Stoke Sentinel 24th April 2018

HS2 campaigners: 'This project will leave a cemetery between railways...imagine going to a funeral with that sort of noise'


Leader Live 23rd April 2018

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal heritage day celebrations were a big success 16th April 2018

Have your say on where houses, retail and employment should be placed in grand Wrexham plan


Daily Post 15th April 2018

The long list of Wrexham pubs forced to close since 2008


Border Counties Advertiser 13th April 2018

World Heritage Day at Llangollen canal World Heritage Site


Leader Live 12th April 2018

Extra care residents in Acrefair enjoy makeovers 12th April 2018

Health Secretary to visit next week in move welcomed by health centre campaigners


Go London 29th March 2018

A royal portrait painter has opened an exhibition of giant murals attacking the felling of trees in central London to make way for HS2.


Shropshire Star 28th March 2018

Hassle with HS2


Yorkshire Post 22nd March 2018

Potholes bring misery to drivers - something must be done about them – how about using some of the HS2 money to fix them? 21st March 2018

Former Maelor youth club in Acrefair up for auction


Leader Live 14th March 2018

The £60m cost to bring A483 road in Wrexham up to standard


Shropshire Star 12th March 2018

Bridging the gap: Chance to work on major revamp of Montgomery Canal 8th March 2018

Plan that will shape Wrexham’s future ready for consultation – where could 8,000 houses be built?


New Civil Engineer 26th February 2018

Plea for cash to develop North Wales rail hubs


Daily Post 24th February 2018

Look inside this former chapel that’s been transformed into a tea room


Boarder Counties Advertiser 23rd February 2018

Rural Wrexham can still cash in on £974k European cash pot


Shropshire Star 22nd February 2018

Is it a bat, is it a bird... Spectacular snaps shows cormorant getting airborne from the Montgomery Canal.


Leader Live 6th February 2018    

Festival at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct nominated for top tourism award. Details of this summer's event are to be announced later this month, while a special celebratory festival is planned next year to mark the tenth anniversary of Pontcysyllte attaining UNESCO World Heritage status.


Leader Live 3rd February 2018

TV Review: Britain's Favourite Walks: Top 100, ITV... and of course the ones you hoped to complete once this endless list eventually finished. Personal favourites included the Nine Ladies in Derbyshire, Another Place in Crosby and the Sandstone Trail in Cheshire. Local interest was piqued by Llangollen Canal (60), Offa's Dyke (41) and Snowdon (2).


London Live 2nd February 2018

Mural painted in protest of HS2


Stoke Sentinel 2nd February 2018

The slow and cumbersome HS2 project is more like an oil tanker than a bullet train


Shropshire Star 31st January 2018

A wood panel manufacturer has appealed against a decision to refuse planning permission for new building.


Boarder Counties Advertiser 25th January 2018

Kronospan lodges appeal after rejection of plans for new raw board store


BBC News 22nd January 2018

Plan to offer more at Pontcysyllte aqueduct site


The Chester Standard 22nd January 2018

The designation of the Chester Canal Conservation Area is now part of a national group of important and diverse canal heritage sites such as the Trent and Mersey Canal conservation area, Macclesfield Canal, Regents Canal in London, Ponctysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal World Heritage Site.


Shropshire Star 19th January 2018

Nostalgia for canal restoration – Montgomery Canal 18th January 2018

Wrexham’s bus service issues raised in Senedd


Leader Live 16th January 2018

New consultation date into future development plans at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


Wrexham Leader 16th January 2018

Public invited to have their say on future regeneration plans at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct


Border Counties Advertiser 15th January 2018

Aqueduct closed for maintenance


Northwich Guardian 12th January 2018

Canal and River Trust launch appeal for lock keepers across Cheshire


The Guardian 12th January 2018

Vicar unchained from tree after protest against HS2 work at Euston


Shropshire Star 11th January 2018

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct work will be a tall order


The Guardian 11th January 2018

Priest to chain herself to tree at Euston in protest against HS2 felling plans


BBC 8th January 2018

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct maintenance restricts access for a month


The Leader Live 5th January 2018

WREXHAM town centre is to be given greater emphasis in plans to develop the area's tourism offering. ... He said: “Our tourism action plan for 2018-20 has been developed by TEAM Tourism who have worked with all of our local hotels, attractions and tourism ambassadors in the last six months.


Express and Star 2nd January 2018

In possibly the worst new year's gift of all time, long-suffering railway users are being handed a hike in train fares today.