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 provide 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 in excess of what a Railway Sation in Cefn Mawr would cost, that most of us could 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.

 

 

Daily Mail 15th January 2020

More than 1,000 ancient woodlands in the UK are at risk of being WIPED OUT by housing projects and new infrastructure development and HS2 leads the way, charity warns

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7886163/More-1-000-ancient-woodlands-threat-charity-warns.html

 

BBC 15th January 2020

HS2 could threaten irreplaceable natural habitats, report warns

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51115637

 

BBC 15th January 2020

HS2 protesters enter fourth month in Cubbington Wood

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-51097299/hs2-protesters-enter-fourth-month-in-cubbington-wood

 

The Times 15th January 2020

Housebuilders ‘threaten 1,000 ancient woodlands’, with HS2 the biggest Offender says Woodland Trust

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/housebuilders-threaten-1-000-ancient-woodlands-says-woodland-trust-7k0t3f5l7

 

I News 15th January 2020

The cost of HS2 to nature is too high a price to pay, claims report by The Wildlife Trusts

https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/hs2-cost-nature-wildlife-trust-report-warning-1365142

 

News Shopper 15th January 2020

Wildlife Trusts claims HS2 will destroy ‘huge swathes’ of natural habitat

https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/uk_national_news/18160338.wildlife-trusts-claims-hs2-will-destroy-huge-swathes-natural-habitat/

 

New Civil Engineer 14th January 2020

HS2 ‘go/ no-go decision’ expected next month

https://www.newcivilengineer.com/latest/hs2-go-no-go-decision-expected-next-month-14-01-2020/

 

I News 14th January 2020

Number of ancient woodlands under threat from developers tops thousand — here's the worst affected areas and HS2 the worst offender….

https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/ancient-woodlands-uk-threat-development-hs2-worst-affected-areas-1364840

 

Derbyshire Times 14th January 2020

Plans unveiled to restore 'vital' stretch of Chesterfield Canal

https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/people/plans-unveiled-restore-vital-stretch-chesterfield-canal-1363990

 

Architects Journal 14th January 2020

Decision on HS2’s future expected next month

https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/decision-on-hs2s-future-expected-next-month/10045940.article

 

Shropshire Star 14th January 2020

Firefighters spend 12 hours battling Kronospan factory blaze in Chirk

https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/oswestry/chirk/2020/01/13/firefighters-spend-12-hours-battling-kronospan-factory-blaze-in-chirk/

 

Wrexham.com 13th January 2020

Health Board advises visitors to hospital to “factor in potential traffic congestion” – we ask AM & MP about the issue

http://www.wrexham.com/news/health-board-advises-visitors-to-hospital-to-factor-in-potential-traffic-congestion-we-ask-am-mp-about-the-issue-179310.html

 

Leader Live 13th January 2020

Civic leaders set out eight-point plan to drive investment into Wrexham

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18156600.civic-leaders-set-eight-point-plan-drive-investment-wrexham/

 

Construction News 14th January 2019

HS2 apologises for chainsaw blunder in nature reserve

https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/hs2/hs2-apologises-for-chainsaw-blunder-in-nature-reserve-14-01-2020/

 

Daily Mail 13th January 2020

Spanning the length and breadth of Britain, rivers and canals unite the nation – and as these stunning photographs show, they are often the star attraction

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-7563401/Stunning-images-Britains-rivers-canals-Wiltshire-Highlands.html

 

Mix 96 13th January 2020

Aylesbury's MP has been raising questions about HS2 again, this time with the Chancellor.

https://www.mix96.co.uk/news/local/3022068/aylesburys-mp-continues-to-fight-against-hs2/

 

Telegraph 12th January 2020

HS2 'too costly and too disruptive', say London's business leaders

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/01/12/hs2-costly-disruptive-say-londons-business-leaders/

 

City AM 12th January 2020

Three-quarters of London businesses think HS2 is too expensive

https://www.cityam.com/three-quarters-of-london-businesses-think-hs2-is-too-expensive/

 

Leader Live 11th January 2020

Economy minister marks milestone for Wrexham's Enterprise Hub

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18153831.economy-minister-marks-milestone-wrexhams-enterprise-hub/

 

Bird Guides 11th January 2020

HS2 destroys habitat on Berkshire reserve without permission

https://www.birdguides.com/news/hs2-destroys-habitat-on-berkshire-reserve-without-permission/

 

Leader Live 11th January 2020

Major concerns raised over key housing blueprint for Wrexham

https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18151914.major-concerns-raised-key-housing-blueprint-wrexham/

 

ENR – Engineering News Record 10th January 2020

In UK, Crossrail and HS2 Projects Struggle With Schedule and Budget Issues

https://www.enr.com/articles/48465-in-uk-crossrail-and-hs2-projects-struggle-with-schedule-and-budget-issues

 

TransportXtra 10th January 2020

Axe HS2 and upgrade existing lines instead, says Berkeley

https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/63111/axe-hs2-and-upgrade-existing-lines-instead-says-berkeley

 

The Guardian 10th January 2020

HS2 destroyed trees in way of train line without permission

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/10/hs2-destroyed-trees-in-way-of-train-line-without-permission

 

The Telegraph 9th January 2020

The fascinating stories behind Britain's forgotten theme parks

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/united-kingdom/articles/stories-britain-forgotten-eeriest-theme-parks/?WT.mc_id=e_DM1176446&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Edi_New_Reg&utmsource=email&utm_medium=Edi_Edi_New_Reg20200109&utm_campaign=DM1176446

 

Ends Report 9th January 2020

Has the HS2 review avoided counting the green costs?

https://www.endsreport.com/article/1670359/hs2-review-avoided-counting-green-costs

 

Camden New Journal 9th January 2020

War hero forced out of home by HS2 demolition work dies at 93

http://camdennewjournal.com/article/war-hero-forced-out-of-home-by-hs2-demolition-work-dies-at-93

 

Keighly News 9th January 2020

District MP in renewed call to scrap HS2 rail scheme

https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/18148153.district-mp-renewed-call-scrap-hs2-rail-scheme/

 

Lancashire Post 9th January 2020

Limited funds should go towards other projects rather than HS2

https://www.lep.co.uk/news/opinion/readers-letters-limited-funds-should-go-towards-other-projects-rather-than-hs2-1-10190175

 

Infosurhoy 8th January 2020

HS2 bosses accused of `fiddling the figures´ by review…

https://infosurhoy.com/news/hs2-bosses-accused-of-fiddling-the-figures-by-review/

 

Warrington Worldwide 8th January 2020

Government must ‘come clean’ over HS2 costs

https://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/2020/01/08/government-must-come-clean-over-hs2-costs/

 

Boarder Counties Advertiser 7th January 2020

Pontcysyllte tour business puts boats up for sale

https://www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk/news/18142321.pontcysyllte-tour-business-puts-boats-sale/

 

The Standard 7th January 2020

How much has been spent on the HS2 so far and what is the proposed train route? The cost of HS2 has come under fire again after the deputy chairman of the now-defunct review panel criticised the project for being "completely out of control financially".

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/hs2-train-route-budget-spend-a4327771.html

 

The Railway Hub 6th January 2020

West Coast looks forward with Avanti

https://www.therailwayhub.co.uk/9600/west-coast-looks-forward-with-avanti/

 

Daily Post 6th January 2020         

Joiner's Universal Credit heartbreak after being forced to sell work van and tools after falling ill. The family of six live on the Plas Madoc Estate, Acrefair, Wrexham. They are among the 2,164 couples with children relying on the benefit in North ...

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/joiners-universal-credit-heartbreak-after-17449891

 

Northern Echo 6th January 2020

Transport secretary promises ‘year of action’ on railways. Today's visit comes amid renewed focus on the cost of HS2, as the deputy chairman of its review panel said those in charge of the project have been ...

https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18138986.transport-secretary-promises-year-action-railways/

 

Western Telegraph 5th January 2020

Parliament ‘misled’ over HS2 – review panel deputy chairman

https://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/national/18138269.parliament-misled-hs2---review-panel-deputy-chairman/

 

Coventry Telegraph 5th January 2020

HS2 'will cost £108bn' according to report saying Parliament was misled

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/local-news/hs2-will-cost-108bn-according-17514388

 

Telegraph 5th January 2020

Time to bite the bullet, cancel HS2, and wholly back Northern Crossrail

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/01/05/time-bite-bullet-cancel-hs2-wholly-back-northern-crossrail/

 

BBC 5th January 2020

HS2 costs out of control, says review's deputy chair

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50995116

 

The Times 5th January 2020

HS2 ‘cheating’ to get green signal

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/hs2-cheating-to-get-green-signal-tc3xppv3k

 

Sky News 5th January 2020

Parliament was 'misled' over true cost of HS2, and could spiral to £107bn Lord claims

https://news.sky.com/story/hs2-costs-are-out-of-control-and-could-spiral-to-107bn-lord-warns-11901105

 

Birmingham Mail 4th January 2020

It's tears for beers as doomed historic Eagle and Tun pub serves last orders

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/its-tears-beers-doomed-historic-17510978

 

Yorkshire Post 2nd January 2020

West Yorkshire needs a public transport revolution and the green light for Northern Powerhouse Rail is good news….

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/columnists/west-yorkshire-needs-a-public-transport-revolution-and-the-green-light-for-northern-powerhouse-rail-carmel-harrison-1-10178263

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