Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

No time to read today's news? We've got you covered.
No time to read today's news? We've got you covered.

Don’t have the time to read the news in the morning?

No worries, here’s a review of the key headlines in Leeds today.

1. Going nowhere: Motorways among slowest in country

Business leaders warned that traffic congestion is acting as a “drag factor” on the economy as it emerged that two West Yorkshire motorways are among the slowest in the country. Average speeds on the M621 in Leeds and the M606 in Cleckheaton and Bradford were both left stuck around the 25 mph mark during the first six months of this year. The figure for the M606 - just 24.62 mph - is the lowest of any motorway in the UK. The Department for Transport says it is investing billions in so-called ‘smart motorway’ schemes and other ambitious projects that are designed to keep drivers on the move in Leeds and the rest of the country.

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2. Store is going on the record for milestone

Over the past four and a half decades, Jumbo records has been a flag bearer for Leeds’s independent music scene. Now the independent record store, in the city’s St Johns Centre, is to celebrate its 45th anniversary on October 1 with the release of its own special 45rpm vinyl single. The split seven-inch release, produced in conjunction with the record label Too Pure, features songs by Menace Beach and Post War Glamour Girls. In conjunction with artist Sami Graystone, Jumbo has produced an anniversary T-shirt, while Justin Sunderland has designed a tote bag. There will be a beer made by Kirkstall Brewery and Laynes Coffee is producing a special coffee for the day.

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3. Record breakers join charity night tour of culture spots

Helen Butters and Janette Benaddi who were part of the team who became the oldest women to row across an ocean will join in a sponsored night time walk around Leeds’s historic hotspots. The two record-breaking mothers from the Yorkshire Rows, who finished their epic 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic in February for Maggie’s, have signed up to table part in the charity’s Yorkshire Culture Crawl on Friday. The cancer charity’s 10k is the biggest event of the year and takes place in the Parkinson Building, Leeds Town Hall, Holy Trinity Church, The Tetley, and First Direct Arena. Online registrations for the event close tomorrow, but people can also turn up on the day and sign up for £25.

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4. Leeds is a top city for trip away, figures reveal

A Leeds Hotel chief has put a surge in visitor numbers down to the fantastic events the region has hosted in the last year. Deborah Hindley, director of Leeds Hotels and Venues Association, said more and more tourists are using Leeds as a gateway to the rest of Yorkshire after new figures revealed a 10 per cent increase in overnight trips to the region. England overall has seen a surge in the number of people taking short breaks. The wider picture shows UK tourism has been boosted by a growing trend, following the economic collapse, of the ‘staycation’ and also the falling value of the pound as a result of the vote to leave the EU.

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5. Search for our unsung heroes

A call has gone out to find the hidden heroes of healthcare. There’s still time to nominate in the Yorkshire Evening Post Best of Health Awards 2016, which will recognise the true superstars of the field. We’re looking for a range of worthy winners, including top doctors, nurses, midwives, and teams. Our Unsung Hero Category sponsored by the Yorkshire Clinic in Bingley, aims to put those who work quietly into the spotlight.

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Date: 13th December 2017.
Picture James Hardisty.
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