Yorkshire devolution: Calls for Government to act as council leaders reach agreement on interim mayor

The Government was coming under pressure today to agree to proposals for a two-year mayoral term in South Yorkshire, a major stepping stone on the path to a full region-wide devolution deal, after a significant concession on the issue by the leader of Sheffield City Council.

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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Unions are wanting answers after the collapse of Carillion.

We hadn’t signed ring road deal with Carillion, say Leeds council bosses

A Yorkshire council today insisted it had not signed off a contract for a vital £115m ring road with Carillion after the stricken construction firm went into liquidation.

A new report lays out the jobs that could be created in the Leeds City Region by HS2.

Fast track to jobs: Strategy to help Yorkshire take full advantage of HS2

An extra 41,000 jobs could be created in West Yorkshire and its surrounding districts in the next three decades if civic and business leaders take full advantage of HS2, according to a new report.

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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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Yorkshire devolution: Deal inches closer as Rotherham leader takes 'pragmatic' approach

Yorkshire devolution: Deal inches closer as Rotherham leader takes 'pragmatic' approach

The prospect of an agreement over Yorkshire devolution is closer to becoming reality after the leader of Rotherham council revealed he was willing to accept an unelected Sheffield City Region mayor serving a term of only two years.
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What now for the One Yorkshire devolution plan?

Devolution: The price of prevarication grows by the week as Yorkshire pleads to be masters of its own destiny

Last month, I asked a Yorkshire council leader for their view on whether a solution could be found to the long-running devolution saga in the region. He didn't sound very optimistic.


Yorkshire devolution: Government warned that 'clock is ticking' to agree region-wide deal

The Government was tonight warned that the "clock is ticking" for an agreement to be reached that could pave the way for a wider Yorkshire devolution deal.

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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.

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/

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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The launch party at Poco on Kirkstall Road. Picture by Peter Chan.

Leeds’ first ever Sicilian street food restaurant opens at flood-hit premises

The owners of a popular Leeds Italian restaurant have opened a new site in the city offering Sicilian street food to young professionals and students who “don’t have much time to go out or to cook every day”.

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Police are investigating the death of a man in Seacroft, Leeds.

Leeds murder probe: Two arrested after man found dead

A murder inquiry was under way tonight after a man was found with a fatal head injury in Leeds.

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Yorkshire transport 2018: Contactless payments and better-trained bus drivers on our roads

Better-trained bus drivers, contactless payments and improvements to some of the region’s worst congestion hotspots are among the developments expected on Yorkshire’s roads in 2018. Rob Parsons reports.

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Leeds City Station upgrade blueprint

Yorkshire transport 2018: Big plans for region’s railway stations

The transformation of two major Yorkshire railway stations will move closer this year.

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A YP image showing some of the developments in rail expected in Yorkshire in 2018.

Could 2018 be a watershed for transport in the North?

For years it has lagged behind, but northern civic and business leaders hope the region’s transport system will soon start to catch up with the South. Political Editor Rob Parsons reports on the expected developments in 2018.

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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.


Short-termism ‘undermines bid to bridge North-South divide’

Civic and business leaders say the Government’s “narrow focus on short-term financial criteria” is contributing to the disparities in funding for rail infrastructure between the North and South.

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The Public Accounts Committee has criticised the lack of spending controls on the Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train project and at HS2 Ltd.

Wasted millions: Watchdog hits out at lack of spending controls on Yorkshire transport schemes

The Government was told today to review the way it manages major infrastructure projects after an influential committee revealed how two major Yorkshire schemes had been blighted by a lack of controls on spending.

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