News

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.

 

 

Construction News 1st October 2018

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

https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/companies/clients/hs2/hs2-boris-calls-for-56bn-line-to-be-stopped/10035658.article

 

Daily Mail 30t September 2018

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

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6225113/Cabinet-split-new-bid-derail-56billion-HS2-senior-Tories-call-axe-rail-project.html

 

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 ..

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/boris-johnson/news/98666/boris-johnson-launches-fresh

 

The Telegraph 30th September 2018

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

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/09/30/pressure-hs2-commons-leader-andrea-leadsom-calls-scrapped/

 

Boarder Counties Advertiser 27th September 2018

Second international duck race coming to Pontcysyllte WHS & Chirk Aqueduct

http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/16907681.second-international-duck-race-coming-to-pontcysyllte-aqueduct/

 

Pontefract and Castleford Express 28th September 2018

‘HS2 land grab could be worse than expected’

https://www.pontefractandcastlefordexpress.co.uk/news/hs2-land-grab-could-be-worse-than-expected-1-9370995

 

BBC 28th September 2018

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45470544

 

Daily Post 27th September 2018

World Tourism Day - 15 North Wales must-see destinations

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gallery/tourism-north-wales-destinations-visit-15206499

 

Rail Technology Magazine 27th September 2018

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

http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/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

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/telford/broseley/2018/09/27/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

https://www.fwi.co.uk/news/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

https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/government-agrees-to-pay-out-millions-to-doncaster-residents-over-hs2-1-9358345

 

Doncaster Free Press 20th September 2018

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

https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/transport/first-freight-train-has-arrived-at-14-million-iport-rail-facility-in-doncaster-1-9359096 

 

BBC 15th September 2018

Roads closed as demolition work begins to make way for HS2

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-45533270

 

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

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6171035/HS2-critics-slam-grotesque-Stalinist-bridge-designs-vandalise-beauty-Chilterns.html

 

The Times 15th September 2018

HS2 will inflict ‘Stalinist’ design on the Chilterns

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hs2-will-inflict-stalinist-design-on-the-chilterns-j5gc3t730

 

Birmingham Mail 14th September 2018

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

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/mystifying-upsetting-disgusting--outrage-15138783

 

Transport Extra 14th September 2018

Crossrail backed despite delay – but opposition to HS2 remains strong

https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/58944/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

http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/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

https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/hs2-measham-tamworth-protest-1993845

 

The Metro 13th September 2018

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

https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/13/work-begins-to-exhume-18000-dead-bodies-buried-20-deep-for-hs2-7940768/

 

Wrexham.com 12th September 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/40m-pothole-backlog-revealed-amid-praise-for-council-winter-grit-effort-155799.html

 

The BBC 12th September 2018

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

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-45495405

 

The Express & Star 12th September 2018

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

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/politics/2018/09/12/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’

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1016244/theresa-may-pressured-scrap-pointless-HS2-poll-reveals

 

Mice Times 11th September 2018

The world’s most beautiful water bridges.

http://micetimes.asia/the-worlds-most-beautiful-water-bridges-photo/

 

Leader Live 11th September 2018

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

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16835194.wrexhams-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

http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/news/AN_1536558308036653400/boris-johnson-calls-for-tax-cuts-for-dynamic-post-brexit-britain.aspx

 

Chester Chronicle 8th September 2018

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

https://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/chester-residents-group-still-concerns-15124380

 

The Telegraph 8th September 2018

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

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/09/08/public-would-rather-spend-56-billion-hs2-fund-nhs-telegraph/

 

The Telegraph 8th September 2018

It's time to scrap HS2

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2018/09/08/time-scrap-hs21/

 

Wrexham.com 6th September 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/concerns-over-plans-for-600-houses-by-holt-road-equivalent-of-building-an-entire-village-155606.html

 

The Leader Live 6th September 2018

Concerns over plans for 600 more houses in Wrexham

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16693647.concerns-over-plans-for-600-more-houses-in-wrexham/

 

Shropshire Star 28th July 2018

Is it too late to slam the brakes on HS2?

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/voices/opinions/nigel-hastilow/2018/07/28/nigel-hastilow-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

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/28/hs2-over-budget-unpopular-unjustified-stop-pouring-billions/

 

Shropshire Star 26th July 2018

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

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/mid-wales/llangollen/2018/07/26/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

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16373622.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

https://www.shropshirestar.com/entertainment/mid-wales-entertainment/2018/07/23/fireworks-underneath-the-arches/

 

The Times 22nd July 2018

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

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/hs2-budget-will-balloon-to-80bn-says-secret-report-r9qtwpbpl

 

Shropshire Star 11th July 2018

Person dies after being hit by train at Shropshire level crossing

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/chirk/2018/07/11/person-hit-by-train/

 

Daily Echo 10th July 2018

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

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/national/16344430.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

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/jul/08/the-art-of-packrafting-snowdonia-wales

 

My Welshpool 7th July 2018

Will canal open to Newtown?

http://www.mywelshpool.co.uk/viewernews/ArticleId/15158

 

Wrexham.com 5th July 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/60m-internet-connectivity-plan-explained-to-councillors-councils-look-to-own-and-manage-own-ducting-152317.html

 

The Leader Live 27th June 2018

easyCoach bus service to serve Wrexham and surrounding areas from today

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16316488.New_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’

https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/hs2-woodland-trust-trees-environment-birmingham-london/

 

The Leader 24th June 2018

Pontcysyllte: Tea rooms bring new life to former chapel

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16310602.Tea_rooms_bring_new_life_to_former_Pontcysyllte_chapel/

 

The Times 17th June 2018

HS2 ‘covered up petrifying overspends’

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hs2-covered-up-petrifying-overspends-mzxhr0nq3

 

The London Economic 14th June 2018

Canaltime: A Relaxing Break on Britain’s Inland Waterways

https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/travel/canaltime-a-relaxing-break-on-britains-inland-waterways/14/06/

 

The Guardian 11th June 2018

Let’s replace the HS2 project with local transport investment

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jun/11/lets-replace-the-hs2-project-with-local-transport-investment

 

Wrexham.com 2nd June 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/local-development-plan-consultation-extended-as-not-all-the-required-documentation-was-available-to-public-149997.html 

 

Biggles Wade Today 31st May 2018

China and canal trip among holiday tours for Sandy club members and guests

https://www.biggleswadetoday.co.uk/news/china-and-canal-trip-among-holiday-tours-for-sandy-club-members-and-guests-1-8514399

 

Wrexham.com 30th May 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/have-you-had-your-say-on-where-over-8000-homes-could-be-built-in-wrexham-public-consultation-on-ldp-closes-tomorrow-149844.html

 

Farming UK 27th May 2018

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

https://www.farminguk.com/news/United-Utilities-invites-farmers-to-night-of-pies-pints-and-parasites_49374.html

 

The Australian 26th May 2018

Locked and loaded

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/travel/canals-rideau-caledonian-stratford-midi-shannon-llangollen-gota/news-story/a09cafc2969a53a469adbdb3a200a178

 

The Leader Live 10th May 2018

Ysgol Penycae ceremony after huge £2.6m revamp

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16217035.Pictures__Smiles_all_round_at_ceremony_for_Ysgol_Penycae___2_6m_revamp/

 

The Leader Live 9th May 2018

Tate Modern: Wrexham pupils artwork displayed at national gallery

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16214506.Wrexham_pupils__39__artwork_displayed_at_legendary_Tate_Modern_museum_in_London/

 

Wrexham.com 26th April 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/positive-talks-about-new-health-centre-during-cabinet-secretarys-visit-148189.html

 

Leader Live 23rd April 2018

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

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16177943.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'

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/local-news/hs2-campaigners-this-project-leave-1494184

 

Leader Live 23rd April 2018

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal heritage day celebrations were a big success

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16178017.Pontcysyllte_Aqueduct_and_Llangollen_Canal_heritage_day_celebrations_were_a_big_success/

 

Wrexham.com 16th April 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/have-your-say-on-where-houses-retail-and-employment-should-be-placed-in-grand-wrexham-plan-147731.html

 

Daily Post 15th April 2018

The long list of Wrexham pubs forced to close since 2008

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/long-list-wrexham-pubs-forced-14529244

 

Boarder Counties Advertiser 13th April 2018

World Heritage Day at Llangollen canal World Heritage Site

http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/16158749.world-heritage-day-at-llangollen-canal-world-heritage-site/

 

Leader Live 12th April 2018

Extra care residents in Acrefair enjoy makeovers

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16152373.Extra_care_residents_in_Acrefair_enjoy_makeovers/

 

Wrexham.com 12th April 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/health-secretary-to-visit-next-week-in-move-welcomed-by-health-centre-campaigners-147538.html

 

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.

https://www.standard.co.uk/go/london/arts/this-royal-portrait-painter-is-protesting-london-tree-destruction-caused-by-hs2-a3801406.html

 

Shropshire Star 28th March 2018

Hassle with HS2

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/farming/2018/03/28/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?

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/jayne-dowle-potholes-bring-misery-to-drivers-something-must-be-done-about-them-1-9076171

 

Wrexham.com 21st March 2018

Former Maelor youth club in Acrefair up for auction

http://www.wrexham.com/news/former-maelor-youth-club-in-acrefair-up-for-auction-146468.html

 

Leader Live 14th March 2018

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

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16085848.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

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/2018/03/12/bridging-the-gap/

 

Wrexham.com 8th March 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/plan-that-will-shape-wrexhams-future-ready-for-consultation-where-could-8000-houses-be-built-145892.html

 

New Civil Engineer 26th February 2018

Plea for cash to develop North Wales rail hubs

https://www.newcivilengineer.com/business-culture/plea-for-cash-to-develop-north-wales-rail-hubs/10028499.article

 

Daily Post 24th February 2018

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

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/look-inside-former-chapel-thats-14330231

 

Boarder Counties Advertiser 23rd February 2018

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

http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/16044105.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.

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/2018/02/22/is-it-a-bat-is-it-a-bird/

 

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.

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/home/2018/02/07/gallery/festival-at-pontcysyllte-aqueduct-nominated-for-top-tourism-award-104769/

 

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).

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/lifestyle/2018/02/02/gallery/tv-review-britain-s-favourite-walks-top-100-itv-104669/

 

London Live 2nd February 2018

Mural painted in protest of HS2

http://www.londonlive.co.uk/news/2018-02-02/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

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/stoke-on-trent-news/slow-cumbersome-hs2-project-more-1160054

 

Shropshire Star 31st January 2018

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

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/chirk/2018/01/31/company-appeals-against-planning-decision/

 

Boarder Counties Advertiser 25th January 2018

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

http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/15898074.Kronospan_lodges_appeal_after_rejection_of_plans_for_new_raw_board_store/#comments-anchor

 

BBC News 22nd January 2018

Plan to offer more at Pontcysyllte aqueduct site

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-42783422/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.

http://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/home/2018/01/17/gallery/stretch-of-shropshire-union-canal-designated-as-conservation-area-103998/

 

Shropshire Star 19th January 2018

Nostalgia for canal restoration – Montgomery Canal

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/mid-wales/2018/01/19/nostalgia-for-canal-restoration/

 

Wrexham.com 18th January 2018

Wrexham’s bus service issues raised in Senedd

http://www.wrexham.com/news/wrexhams-bus-service-issues-raised-in-senedd-143388.html

 

Leader Live 16th January 2018

New consultation date into future development plans at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/lifestyle/2018/01/16/gallery/new-consultation-date-into-future-development-plans-at-pontcysyllte-aqueduct-103910/

 

Wrexham Leader 16th January 2018

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

http://www.wrexham.com/news/public-invited-to-have-their-say-on-future-regeneration-plans-at-pontcysyllte-aqueduct-143209.html

 

Border Counties Advertiser 15th January 2018

Aqueduct closed for maintenance

http://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/chirk-news/2018/01/15/gallery/pontcysyllte-aqueduct-closed-for-maintenance-work-103843/

 

Northwich Guardian 12th January 2018

Canal and River Trust launch appeal for lock keepers across Cheshire

http://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/15825691.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

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/12/vicar-unchained-tree-protest-hs2-work-euston

 

Shropshire Star 11th January 2018

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct work will be a tall order

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/2018/01/11/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

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/11/priest-chain-tree-protest-euston-hs2-felling-plans-london

 

BBC 8th January 2018

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct maintenance restricts access for a month

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-42596093

 

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.

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/home/2018/01/05/gallery/new-tourism-plan-to-focus-more-on-wrexham-town-centre-103324/

 

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.

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/voices/opinions/2018/01/02/express--star-comment-fares-rise-will-railroad-us-into-cars/