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.

 

 

Evening Standard 21st February 2017

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

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/transport/labour-mp-sir-keir-starmer-warns-hs2-work-will-devastate-the-lives-of-londoners-for-17-years-a3471711.html

 

BBT 20th February 2017

Taxpayers’ Alliance: HS2 bill could hit £90bn

https://buyingbusinesstravel.com/news/2026884-taxpayers%E2%80%99-alliance-hs2-bill-could-hit-%C2%A390bn

 

City AM 20th February 2017

Why HS2 could be a train wreck for Euston station

http://www.cityam.com/259382/why-hs2-could-train-wreck-euston-station

 

BBC 20th February 2017

Environmentalists and libertarians unite in HS2 criticism

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39023621

 

City AM 20th February 2017

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

http://www.cityam.com/259370/hs2-cost-taxpayers-could-top-90bn-warns-taxpayers-alliance

 

News North Wales 18th February 2017

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

http://www.newsnorthwales.co.uk/news/172685/work-begins-on-500-000-refurb-for-wrexham-s-plas-madoc-leisure-centre.aspx

 

The Leader Live 16th February 2017

Work starts on £3million extension to Penycae Primary School

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/172597/work-starts-on-3million-extension-to-penycae-primary-school.aspx

 

Growth Track 360 18th February 2017

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

http://www.growthtrack360.com/2017/01/30/prime-minister-backs-1-billion-rail-vision-to-create-70000-jobs/

 

The Telegraph 12th February 2017

Letters: Britain can improve its railways without scarring the countryside

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2017/02/12/lettersbritain-can-improve-railways-without-scarring-countryside/

 

The Telegraph 12th February 2017

HS2 is monumentally wasteful, outdated, and will do nothing for the North – it must be scrapped

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/11/hs2-monumentally-wasteful-outdated-will-do-nothing-north-must/

 

Middlewich Guardian 12th February 2017

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

http://www.middlewichguardian.co.uk/news/15080935.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

http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/172347/new-book-reveals-the-true-story-of-engineering-iron-man-thomas-telford.aspx

 

The Telegraph 5th February 2017

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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/2017/02/05/lettersthe-folly-splurging-hs2-expense-existing-low-cost-lines/

 

The Telegraph 4th February 2017

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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/04/man-ran-george-osbornes-treasury-comes-against-high-speed-two/

 

Lichfield Live 1st February 2017

Groups launch advertising campaign in last ditch bid to derail HS2

http://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2017/02/01/campaign-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

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hs2-section-railway-ex-mining-9718174

 

The Daily Millbury 28th January 2017

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

http://thedailymillbury.com/uncategorized/hs2-accused-of-jobs-for-the-boys-over-535k-a-year-boss/4872

 

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.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wrexham-pontcysllte-aqueduct-floating-cafe--12510254

 

European Railway Review 17th January 2017

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

http://www.europeanrailwayreview.com/31275/rail-industry-news/rail-improvements-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.

http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/transport/hs2-government-climb-down-on-compulsory-land-purchases-1-7777566

 

Chester Chronicle 16th January 2017

Visionary volunteers needed to shape future of region's canals

http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/chester-cheshire-news/visionary-volunteers-needed-shape-future-12459447

 

Mirror 13th January 2017

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

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/ministers-refuse-guarantee-british-steel-9618811

 

Burton Mail 9th June 2017

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

http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/campaign-group-set-up-to-fight-against-new-high-speed-rail-plan-in-measham/story-30035769-detail/story.html

 

News North Wales 7th January 2017

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

http://www.newsnorthwales.co.uk/news/171046/wrexham-police-station-site-bids-in-process-of-being-assessed-.aspx

 

The Times 8th January 2017

Leavers on the line: two more HS2 bosses quit

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/leavers-on-the-line-two-more-hs2-bosses-quit-cbjb067l9

 

Rail Technology 7th January 2017

Treasury committee chair claims HS2 demand forecasts lack credibility

http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/treasury-committee-chair-claims-hs2-demand-forecasts-lack-credibility?dorewrite=false

 

The Guardian 6th January 2017

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

https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2017/jan/06/old-overcrowded-railways-passengers-investment

 

New Civil Engineer 5th January 2017

Serious concern over HS2 demand forecast

https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/serious-concern-over-hs2-demand-forecast/10016160.article

 

Building UK 4th January 2017

HS2 demand forecasts 'lack credibility'

http://www.building.co.uk/hs2-demand-forecasts-lack-credibility/5085603.article

 

News North Wales 4th January 2017

Possible alternatives being sought for new health centre in Cefn Mawr

http://www.newsnorthwales.co.uk/news/170884/possible-alternatives-being-sought-for-new-health-centre-in-cefn-mawr.aspx

 

Surveyor Transport Network 4th January 2017

Senior MP questions credibility of HS2 forecast

http://transport-network.co.uk/Senior-MP-questions-credibility-of-HS2-forecast/13633

 

UKIP 3rd January 2017

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

http://www.ukip.org/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.

http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2017/01/02/pontcysyllte-aqueduct-to-close-for-repairs/

 

Nottingham Post 1st January 2017

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

http://www.nottinghampost.com/stunning-views-from-this-beauty-spot-could-be-ruined-by-hs2/story-30022005-detail/story.html