In this week’s Express

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In this week’s Express we report on plans to transform a pit site into a multi-million pound housing estate, stadium and business park are one step closer to fruition.

The owners of the former Glass Houghton colliery have received a £2.8m boost to prepare the land for development, paving the way for a new car supermarket and more than 200 homes.

Also in the news:

– Former pit bosses have been fined £200,000 for safety breaches which led to the death of miner Gerry Gibson at Kellingley Colliery.

– MP Yvette Cooper has held talks with NHS bosses over proposed funding cuts to local budgets of more than ten per cent next year.

– Arsonists have torched a minibus used by a Pontefract homeless charity and church.

In sport:

– All the latest on Castleford Tigers, including news of a new contract for a hometown player and pre-season plans confirmed

– Match report on the international game at Featherstone Rovers

– Featherstone’s new coach talks about latest signing and Rovers reveal season memberships are going well

– Comprehensive local football round-up

– Three full pages of junior sport action

– Pontefract Racecourse stages final meeting of 2014 - full report and pictures

In promotions:

– Free £2 rugby league world cup bet

– Win a millionaire’s weekend in Berlin

– Spooktacular £2 off Wakefield’s Obliteration Earth