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West Yorkshire transport bosses call for ‘urgent overhaul’ of rail infrastructure planning system

The way much-needed improvements to the rail network are planned and delivered needs an urgent overhaul, according to Yorkshire transport bosses.

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Communities Secretary Sajid Javid arriving in Downing Street. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Yorkshire devolution: Minister finally agrees to meet council leaders over region-wide deal

Yorkshire council leaders will present their plan for a region-wide devolution deal to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid at a long-awaited meeting this month.

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IPPR North have published analysis showing the continuing disparity between spending on transport infrastructure in the English regions.

‘Stop arguing over the figures and give the North a fair deal on transport’

Ministers must finally commit to “big, transformative” transport projects in the North instead of disputing claims about the decades of under-funding for infrastructure in the region, a leading think-tank said today.

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Now 18 of Yorkshire's 20 councils have agreed to back the 'One Yorkshire' devolution deal.

Yorkshire devolution: United front as Wakefield council leader Peter Box now backs region-wide deal

Yorkshire was presenting a united front on devolution today after an 18th council leader came out in support of a region-wide deal.

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Yorkshire transport is to undergo a major overhaul.

The North is watching: Ex-Chancellor's warning to Government as 'revolutionary' 30-year Yorkshire transport vision is unveiled

A radical overhaul of ticketing and high speed rail travel between Leeds and Manchester in half an hour are at the centrepiece of a 30 year vision for transport in the North laid out today.
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170118  Olympic Triathlete Lucy Hall takes on  Sophie Chapman, 10, in the triathlon challenge at Trinity Leeds on saturday .

Tri something new: Olympian Lucy Hall introduces Leeds shoppers to triathlon

With a series of major victories and an appearance at the 2012 Olympics under her belt, Lucy Hall knows what it takes to make it to the top of the triathlon world.

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Could there finally be an end in sight to the great Yorkshire devolution debate?

Yorkshire devolution: Appointed mayor could end deadlock and save £2m on election

An unelected mayor for South Yorkshire could be appointed for two years in a bid to end the long-running devolution stalemate in the county, it was claimed last night.

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14 December 2017 .......    Political interview with John Cridland, independent chair of TfN, Picture Tony Johnson

John Cridland interview: I refuse to accept that North has to be poor relation

Later this month, the North’s new strategic transport body will unveil its 30-year plan to revitalise the region’s economy. Rob Parsons met the organisation’s independent chairman to find out more about its vision.

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First Bus is introducing contactless payments from this month. Pic by Richard Walker/ www.imagenorth.net

Revealed: When you can use contactless payment to board a bus in West Yorkshire

Contactless bus payments for First passengers in West Yorkshire will start on January 18 as part of the firm’s efforts to speed up its journey times.

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Paul Matthews, MD of bus company First Leeds.

Radical and unpopular solutions may be needed to end Leeds congestion woes, says bus firm boss

Radical and potentially unpopular solutions to improve bus travel around Leeds are needed because of the “phenomenal” increase in congestion in recent years, according to a boss at the city’s biggest bus company.

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A Northern Rail train.

Could Boxing Day rail services return to Yorkshire in 2018?

It’s a time of year when rail services are traditionally very thin on the ground, with most operators offering no services at all over the Christmas season.

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Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has written to Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry about Yorkshire devolution.

Exclusive: Archbishop’s intervention could finally end Yorkshire devolution stalemate

A possible solution to Yorkshire’s long-running devolution stalemate that could see a region-wide mayor elected by May 2020 has emerged after an intervention by the Archbishop of York, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.

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Budget 2017: Hammond and May put on united front on visit to Leeds College of Building

Chancellor Philip Hammond today threw down the gauntlet to Yorkshire’s cities to show him plans for high value transport schemes after his Budget was criticised in the region for focusing on areas with metro mayors.

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Pressure is growing on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over scrapped rail electrification plans.

‘Look at what we’re doing’: Grayling comes out fighting on Northern transport

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has come out fighting over his department’s commitment to the North as he insisted the region’s leaders have all the same powers to improve services as their counterparts in London.

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The Government today laid down legislation which will see Transport for the North become the first body of its kind.

Pioneering transport powers for the North hailed as ‘game-changer’ by Government

The creation of the first body of its type in the country to drive forward transport plans for the North was announced by the Government today.

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West Yorkshire Police is set to use up most of its reserves by 2022.

West Yorkshire Police will have used up most of its reserves by 2022

West Yorkshire Police’s reserves will be mostly used up within five years because of the funding crisis facing the force, the county’s police and crime commissioner has warned MPs.

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Keep us involved on trans-Pennine rail plans, council leaders urge Grayling

Keep us involved on trans-Pennine rail plans, council leaders urge Grayling

West Yorkshire's council leaders have urged Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to keep them involved in decisions about the planned upgrade of the trans-Pennine rail route.

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Former West Yorkshire Police chief constable Mark Gilmore arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice. Photo credit should read: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

My career ended too soon, says ex-Yorkshire police chief after court hearing

The former Chief Constable of West Yorkshire has claimed that his police career was ended “prematurely and unnecessarily” after he retired from the force while facing a possible public misconduct hearing.

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Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'could have tried to disprove misconduct claims by remaining a police officer'

Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'could have tried to disprove misconduct claims by remaining a police officer'

Former West Yorkshire Chief Constable Mark Gilmore could have tried to disprove the misconduct allegations against him by remaining as a police officer rather than retiring, a High Court hearing was told today.
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Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'was facing second wave of allegations from police colleagues'

Ex-Chief Constable Mark Gilmore 'was facing second wave of allegations from police colleagues'

West Yorkshire's former Chief Constable was set to face a 'second wave' of damaging claims about his personal conduct when he decided to retire from policing, a High Court hearing was told today.
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