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  1. 'Transformational' mass transit plan for West Yorkshire

    Plans for a "transformational" multi-billion pound mass transit system for West Yorkshire have been announced.

    Mass transit scheme

    West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) said the scheme could see nine routes built in stages across the county over 20 years.

    The project will rely on securing central funds, with a business case due to be submitted to government in 2022.

    Previously, Leeds was set to get a trolley bus network and a supertram but both plans were subsequently scrapped.

    In a report, the WYCA said the options being considered are light-rail, tram-train and prioritised routes for electric buses.

    An exact price tag for the scheme has not been revealed, but the WYCA said it would be bidding for a share of a £4.2bn devolved transport fund announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak last March.

    Judith Blake, Leeds City Council leader, said: "The people of West Yorkshire deserve a transport system that fills them with pride, with optimism and above all with the confidence our region has a clear direction of travel towards a future that brings prosperity for all."

    Kim Groves, chair of the WYCA transport committee, said the scheme would "represent a bold investment - a transformational transport system that will benefit many generations to come".

  2. Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

    Rain and hill snow will gradually push eastwards this morning, becoming heavy in the afternoon.

    This evening, the rain and hill snow will clear to the east.

    Into the night, it will be rather cloudy and largely dry, although occasional showers are possible:

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  3. Yorkshire's Monday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    After a frosty and clear start to the day, remaining dry and fine with a moderate breeze.

    This evening will be chilly, dry and clear. Into the night, it will stay dry but cloud cover will gradually increase:

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  4. Flood warnings in place on rivers across Yorkshire

    A total of 10 flood warnings - meaning immediate action should be taken as flooding is expected - are in place in Yorkshire associated with heavy rain brought by Storm Christoph last week.

    River Ouse in flood

    The warnings include the River Aire at Allerton Ings in West Yorkshire, the River Ouse in York, and the River Derwent at Stamford Bridge on the border between North and East Yorkshire.

    There are also eight flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible, be prepared - in place on Yorkshire's rivers.

    No significant rainfall is forecast for the next 24 hours, but further unsettled weather is expected later this week, according to the Environment Agency.

  5. Flood warnings in place on rivers across Yorkshire

    A total of 31 flood warnings - meaning immediate action should be taken as flooding is expected - are in place in Yorkshire following heavy rain brought by Storm Christoph earlier in the week.

    Car in flood water

    There are also 24 flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible, be prepared - in place on Yorkshire's rivers.

    People in York whose homes are at risk of flooding due to high river levels in the city following Storm Christoph are "safe", a city councillor has said.

    Councillor Paula Widdowson said: "The next high peak for the river is predicted for noon today at 4.7m, so I'm confident the flood defences will hold."

    Meanwhile, in Malton in North Yorkshire the River Derwent peaked at about 06:20 this morning at 5.05m above normal levels.

    The leader of Ryedale District Council, Keane Duncan, said: "It's a slightly tense situation, but I'd like to reassure residents we're doing all we can and I'm hopeful we can keep things under control".

    There are flood warnings in place for parts of Hull, on the River Aire in West Yorkshire and on the River Swale and River Ure in North Yorkshire.

  6. Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Today will be bright but chilly in Yorkshire with spells of sunshine and occasional showers.

    Tonight will be cold with clear spells and the risk of a few rain, sleet or snow showers:

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  7. No more flooding issues expected in West Yorkshire - EA

    No further flooding issues are expected in West Yorkshire folowing heavy rain brought in by Storm Christoph, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

    Flood sign

    Adrian Gil, EA area flood risk manager, said: "We do still have some high river levels around and that may still trigger some flood warnings as that water moves down, but we're not expecting any issues at the moment."

    He continued: "We've not had any confirmed reports of any properties flooding.

    "Without question, some of our flood defences will have protected some people, but I suspect we've seen river levels that were lower than what was forecast."

    A Met Office amber warning for rain is now over, replaced by a yellow "be aware" weather warning for ice in place for parts of the region.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government is "totally prepared" for the dual crises of flooding and the pandemic and Covid-secure facilities would be available for any people forced to evacuate as a result of the weather.

  8. Storm Christoph: Yorkshire flood warnings latest

    A total of 67 flood warnings - meaning immediate action should be taken as flooding is expected - are now in place in Yorkshire following heavy rain brought by Storm Christoph overnight.

    Cars in flood spray

    There are also 49 flood alerts - meaning flooding is possible, be prepared - in place on the county's rivers.

    The warnings include Cod Beck at Thirsk in North Yorkshire where the Environment Agency (EA) say areas most at risk are Finkle Street and Riverside Mews.

    In East Yorkshire there's a warning for low lying properties in the Upper Hull catchment around Frodingham Bridge where the EA says flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible.

    The level of the River Aire at Shipley in West Yorkshire is expected to peak in the next few hours, with a risk of flooding to property, roads and farmland.

    In South Yorkshire river levels appear to have now peaked but the EA says they still remain at levels where flooding is expected.

    A Met Office amber warning for rain is now over, replaced by a yellow "be aware" weather warning for ice in place for parts of the region.

  9. Yorkshire's Thursday weather forecast

    BBC Weather

    Today will be cloudy with showers, sunny intervals and strong winds.

    Winds will slowly ease and cloud will clear for most to leave a largely dry night with clear skies.

    A yellow "be prepared" warning for ice has been issued by the Met Office.

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