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Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Monday morning, there are some delays on services.

There are major problems in South Yorkshire, with lines to Rotherham Central Station blocked due to severe flooding. This issue is expected to continue throughout the day.

Network Rail and train operator Northern are urging passengers to check alternative routes before travelling this morning.

As a result, replacement bus services are running between Swinton and Meadowhall.

For all the latest details of the situation in Rotherham, visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

Meanwhile:

  • The 08:14 Doncaster to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 08:15 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 08:17 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:17 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:30 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 08:35 Wakefield Westgate to Doncaster service has been cancelled
  • The 08:36 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 08:58 Leeds to Knottingley service has been cancelled
  • The 09:03 Doncaster to Sheffield service has been cancelled
  • The 09:15 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:29 Wakefield Westgate to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Full rivers across Yorkshire

Storm Dennis has brought heavy rainfall across Yorkshire.

That rainfall has seen river levels rise across the region and a multi-agency response to shore up flood defences.

The video gives you a snapshot of just how high Yorkshire's rivers are now:

South Yorkshire flood warnings

There are dozens of flood alerts and warnings in place for South Yorkshire today.

Flood warnings in South Yorkshire
GOV.UK

There are 15 warnings at 08:30 on Sunday - which mean flooding is expected and to take action.

Manwhile there are currently 22 alerts - which means be aware.

You can find out more here.

South Yorkshire power cuts

Hundreds of properties are without power in South Yorkshire this morning.

Northern Powergrid report a number of outages - which they hope to resolve through the course of today.

Map of power cuts
Northern Powergrid

This includes postcodes:

S2 - 230 properties which they hope to reconnect by 12:00

S25,S30,S31,S35,S5,S6 - 180 properties they hope to reconnect by 10:00

S73 - 210 properties they hope to reconnect by 9:45.

You can find out more from Northern Powergrid here.

Storm Dennis: What we know now

As Yorkshire continues to be buffeted by Storm Dennis here's a re-cap of what we know so far:

Soldiers building flood barrier in Ilkley
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Watch: Weather forecast for Yorkshire

Katerina Christodoulou

Look North weather presenter

As Storm Dennis arrives in Yorkshire here's what to expect from today's weather:

Storm Dennis in Yorkshire: Five flood warnings in place

There are currently five flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency in Yorkshire as the county prepares for Storm Dennis.

York King's Staith
Getty images

A flood warning means flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

The warnings are in place at the following locations:

North Sea at Scarborough - Foreshore Road.

North Sea at Scarborough - Sandside.

River Aire at Hirst Marsh and West Marsh.

River Ouse at Naburn York.

River Ouse at York - riverside properties.

Storm Dennis: Live updates throughout the day

The Army has been drafted in to provide support in Calderdale as Yorkshire braces itself for Storm Dennis

Soldiers in Mytholmroyd
PA Media

Forty soldiers from the 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, have been deployed in Ilkley and 42 in Mytholmroyd to support the Environment Agency's efforts to shore up flood defences.

Amber warnings for rain and yellow warnings for wind are in place from this afternoon into Sunday evening as forecasters predict a month's worth of rain could fall in some places.

We'll bring you live coverage for the rest of the day as the situation develops.

Storm Dennis: Rain and wind set to bring travel disruption

Disruption to transport is expected as heavy rain and strong winds are set to batter the UK for a second consecutive weekend.

Cars in rain
PA Media

Network Rail advised passengers to expect disruption on many routes due to flooding and allow more time for their journeys.

Passenger director Jake Kelly said: "Storm Ciara dumped a month-and-a-half of rain on us last weekend, leaving ground waterlogged and rivers swollen.

"We had a lot of flooding in the North West and a lot of it disrupted the railway, for example at Todmorden and Caldew near Carlisle.

"With Storm Dennis set to bring more high winds and further rainfall this Saturday and Sunday, we're preparing for more of the same."

Meanwhile the AA is urging motorists to take extra care.

Patrolman Ben Sheridan said: "The forecast looks bleak across the UK with warnings for wind and heavy rain which will significantly reduce visibility on the roads.

"For those who are braving the storm, drivers should make sure they account for the conditions. Slow down, allow for greater stopping distances and watch out for potential hazards."

Storm Dennis: Power suppliers 'ready' for disruption

Electricity supplier Northern Powergrid says it has taken steps to prepare for the heavy rain and wind forecast to hit the region this weekend.

Northern Powergrid linesmen
Northern Powergrid

Storm Dennis is expected to bring heavy rain and winds of up to 70mph across parts of Yorkshire.

Rod Gardner, from Northern Powergrid, said: “We have teams of extra engineers ready to monitor any flooding impacts, restore power and carry out repairs if there is damage to our network as a result of the severe weather conditions expected.

"Our specialist access equipment and fleet of 4x4 vehicles are ready to assist should the forecast rain make travel and site access difficult.

"We also have teams of arborists on standby to help with any fallen trees that may damage our network or need to be removed to enable repairs."

Watch: Storm Dennis to bring rain and winds of up to 70mph

BBC Weather

The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings for rain and wind this weekend as Storm Dennis is set to hit the UK.

Matt Taylor has more detail on the effects:

Northern Powerhouse: New minister announced

Conservative MP Simon Clarke has been announced as the new Northern Powerhouse minister.

Simon Clarke and Boris Johnson
PA Media

He replaces former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry, who says he chose to leave the government after being offered a new role which he couldn't accept.

Mr Clarke (pictured above left), who is MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, said he was "absolutely delighted" to have been asked to take up the role.

He said: "My focus will be on working with communities across the country to support our great Mayors and help create new devolution settlements for areas that don’t yet have them.

"We have a huge task ahead to deliver an era of urban regeneration and strong regional growth."

Storm Dennis: Amber rain warning issued

Yorkshire is bracing itself for potential further flooding with Storm Dennis set to hit the UK this weekend.

People in flood water in Hebden Bridge
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An amber weather warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office with downpours forecast from about 15:00 tomorrow.

Heavy rain is set to fall on already saturated ground, with river levels in North and West Yorkshire higher than normal after last week's Storm Ciara.

The amber warning covers parts of North and West Yorkshire, including Skipton, Ilkley, Bingley Hawes, and Leyburn.

A yellow warning also in place for rain for other parts of Yorkshire while a separate yellow warning for wind in place across most of England.

Weather warning graphic
Met Office

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However, vandalism of railway equipment between Meadowhall and Barnsley is causing disruption between Sheffield and Barnsley.

There are also delays to a number of services, including:

  • The 08:30 from Leeds to York is running about 30 minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from York to Glasgow is running about 13 minutes late
  • The 08:34 service from York to Edinburgh is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 08:35 service from Sheffield to Huddersfield has been cancelled
  • The 08:35 service from Wakefield Westgate to Doncaster is running about eight minutes late
  • The 08:38 service from Leeds to Lincoln has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Yorkshire councils left to foot £2.5m fly-tipping bill

Yorkshire and the Humber is the third worst region in the country for fly-tipping, according to research by the BBC.

Fly-tipping in Barnsley
Kevin Osborne

There were more than 28,000 incidents of fly-tipping between 2012 and 2019, research from the BBC Shared Data Unit found.

The clean up comes at a cost of nearly £2.5m with incidents rising since 2012.

In 2018-2019, there were more than 5,500 incidents of fly-tipping, according to the data, with Leeds being the worst place in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The rise of large fly-tipping incidents across England is being blamed on organised gangs, with fake companies hiring out buildings to dump waste.

TransPennine Express: Operator told to improve

Rail operator TransPennine Express (TPE) has been given until March to improve its performance by the team coordinating transport across the north.

A TransPennine Train
Danny Lawson/PA Media

It follows a period late last year when the operator returned the worst performance figures in the country.

Transport for the North, which advises the Government on northern England's transport needs, says TPE must now build back trust and deliver a service that's punctual and reliable.

The transport body added that the new £500m fleet of trains are welcome with the extra capacity "much needed" but service levels must be maintained as they're brought in.

Leo Goodwin, Managing Director for TransPennine Express said: “We absolutely agree that our customers should benefit from improved performance.

"We have been very open about the fact that this was nowhere near good enough before Christmas and we have apologised to our customers for this."

Watch: Thursday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

We're in for an unsettled start to the day with some heavy rain in places but that should clear up as the days goes on.

This afternoon will be cloudy with some isolated showers but it should become drier with top temperatures of 7C or 8C:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Thursday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:27 service from York to Blackpool North is running about 30 minutes late
  • The 08:27 service from Leeds to Halifax is running about 10 minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about 13 minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 11 minutes late
  • The 08:34 service from Leeds to Hull has been cancelled
  • The 08:35 service from Sheffield to Huddersfield is running about 11 minutes late
  • The 08:35 service from Wakefield Westgate to Doncaster has been cancelled
  • The 08:38 service form Bradford Interchange to Hull has been cancelled
  • The 08:42 service from Leeds to Chester has been cancelled
  • The 08:49 service from York to Manchester Airport is running about eight minutes late
  • The 08:51 service form Bradford Interchange to Halifax is running about seven minutes late
  • The 09:00 service from Hull to Bridlington has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Sheffield Hallam students robbed on South Africa trip

Eight students from Sheffield Hallam University and a member of staff have been robbed while on a placement in South Africa.

Port Elizabeth
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The group were travelling in a minibus when they were confronted by armed thieves on Monday in Port Elizabeth.

They flew into Cape Town on 2 February for a four-week teaching placement.

The university said arrangements were being made for the group - 12 students and the member of staff - to return to the UK.

One of the students said the armed raiders made off with jewellery, a phone and a bag.

Three students have already returned home and six are due to fly back to London on Thursday.

The university said the remaining students needed their passports to be replaced before they could leave.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been asked to comment.

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's a cold and windy start to the day and we may see some scattered, wintry showers in places this morning.

But, those showers will become less frequent as the day goes on and most of us should have a dry afternoon.

Temperatures will get up to about 6C or 7C:

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 08:24 service from Doncaster to Scarborough via Hull is running about 28 minutes late
  • The 08:27 service from Leeds to Halifax is running about 19 minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from York to London Kings Cross is running about eight minutes late
  • The 08:31 service from Doncaster to London Kings Cross is running about 41 minutes late
  • The 08:36 service from Bradford Interchange to Huddersfield has been cancelled
  • The 08:38 service from Leeds to Lincoln is running about 17 minutes late
  • The 08:49 service from York to Manchester Airport is running about six minutes late
  • The 08:51 service from Bradford Interchange to Halifax is running about 16 minutes late

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

BBC's Yorkshire's Business Correspondent Spencer Stokes on what it means for the region.
What HS2 means for Yorkshire explained by Spencer Stokes, BBC Yorkshire's business correspondent.

Call for public ownership of trains following HS2 approval

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for public ownership of trains following the Prime Minister's announcement the HS2 rail project will go ahead.

Jeremy Corbyn
Parliament TV

Mr Johnson told MPs earlier his government had the "guts to take the decision" to deliver prosperity across the country, by completing the high speed rail link connecting London to Birmingham, and on to Manchester and Leeds.

Jeremy Corbyn said: "HS2 must be developed with more sensitivity to local communities and the environment, particularly regarding the impact it will have on woodlands.

"And if it is to have public support the fares on HS2 must be affordable. Can the prime minister tell us where the trains will be built? Will those jobs and training be in this country?

"When will the Prime Minister match the £2.5bn commitment to upgrade the Great Western Mainline on our only train line into the South West?

"We believe the case is now unanswerable that our railways should be publicly owned and run to improve the service and cut fares by 33%."

The main HS2 route is due to join the existing rail network in North Yorkshire at Church Fenton.

'Difficult' HS2 decision will deliver prosperity - PM

Announcing the go-ahead to HS2 in the Commons, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country faced "a historic choice".

HS2 train
HS2/PA Wire

"We can try to get by with the existing route between north and south, condemning the next generation to overcrowding and standing up," Mr Johnson said.

"Or we can make the decision no matter how difficult and controversial that will deliver prosperity to every part of the country."

High speed HS2 rail link is approved - Boris Johnson

The prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced the HS2 high-speed rail project will go ahead.

HS2 route
Department of Transport

The prime minister has told the House of Commons his government had the "guts to take the decision" to deliver prosperity across the country, by completing the high speed rail link connecting London to Birmingham, and on to Manchester and Leeds.

The main HS2 route will join the existing rail network, at Church Fenton in North Yorkshire.

Boris Johnson told MPs he will - in order to "restore discipline to the programme" - appoint a minister whose full-time job will be to oversee HS2.

"We are going to get this done," he added.

Breaking'We are going to get this done' - HS2 gets go-ahead

The government has approved the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

The planned route linking London to Birmingham, and then on to Manchester and Leeds, has been given the go-ahead, the Prime Minister has just confirmed in Parliament.

Watch: Tuesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another cold and windy day today and we still have a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place across higher parts.

We may see some sunny spells but it will feel very cold with temperatures of just 5C or 6C.

HS2: Government to give high-speed rail line the go-ahead

The government will give the go-ahead for the entire High Speed 2 (HS2) rail line to be built, the BBC can confirm.

HS2 train
Siemens

An announcement on the rail project linking London to Birmingham, and then on to Manchester and Leeds, is expected by the prime minister on Tuesday.

While the whole line will be built, the government will seek a review of the second phase covering the North.

It hopes it will identify cost savings as well as integrating these lines into the existing railways.

The entire project is expected to be completed by 2040.

HS2 Map
BBC

Storm Ciara aftermath: What we know now

Communities in Yorkshire are counting the cost following high winds, heavy rain and flooding.

Flood clean-up in Mytholmroyd
Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

This is what we know now about the latest situation in the aftermath of Storm Ciara:

Electricity 'restored to remaining customers'

Power has been restored to the remaining 484 customers affected by Storm Ciara yesterday, according to Northern Powergrid.

Pylon
BBC

The company, responsible for managing the electricity distribution network across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, says its engineers "worked into the night" and continued to deal with the problem today.

The severe gales and heavy rain seen yesterday caused power cuts for some 67,070 customers, predominantly in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, the firm said.

Rod Gardner, from Northern Powergrid, said: "We would like to thank our customers for their patience, understanding and some of the kind words they have expressed for people from across our business, who’ve worked tirelessly over the last two days to carry out work and to support our customers in extremely challenging conditions."

Met Office issues snow and ice warning

People are being told to expect snow and ice over the next few hours with a yellow weather warning being issued for parts of Yorkshire.

An ice sign
PA Media

The warning covers South, West and North Yorkshire from 15:00 today until about 12:00 on Wednesday.

The Met Office warning asks people to "be aware" of the impending weather, which could affect travelling to day-to-day activities.

The warning comes after Storm Ciara hit Yorkshire with heavy rain and high winds, flooding some parts of the county.

Caravan flips in 80mph winds

A car and a caravan have flipped over after Storm Ciara brought strong winds to Yorkshire.

A flipped caravan
South Yorkshire Police

The vehicles were driving on the A628 Woodhead Pass on Sunday as 80mph winds hit the road.

The caravan became detatched from the car, ending up on its side in a field about 80 yards away from the road.

People in the car suffered minor injuries, police said.

A damaged car
South Yorkshire Police

Storm Ciara: Homes still without power

Hundreds of homes are still without power in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire today after Storm Ciara hit the region.

Pylons in a field
PA Media

Powerlines were damaged and sub-stations affected by high winds and flooding in many parts, particularly in West and North Yorkshire.

Northern Powergrid, which manages electricity in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, said almost 68,000 people were affected by power cuts.

However, most of those people have had their power restored with about 2,000 homes still affected.

Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid’s head of network operations, said: “Our teams are still out there working extremely hard.

"We thank our customers for their understanding and patience and would like to reassure them that we remain focused on getting them back on supply as soon as we can."

Watch: Monday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's going to be another windy day with a fair number of showers blowing in from the west.

It'll feel chilly as well, with temperatures only getting up to about 6C or 7C.

Overnight it's going to stay windy with plenty more showers:

Travel disruption in Yorkshire following Storm Ciara

There are problems on the rails and roads this morning as the after-effects of Storm Ciara are felt across Yorkshire.

Trees on rail line
Network Rail

More than 95 flood warnings remain in place across the region.

Network Rail says it has been assessing damage to lines and passengers are being urged to check their routes before travelling.

There's no service on Northern between Skipton and Carlisle, and between Skipton and Lancaster due to flooding at Hellifield.

There's no service on Northern between Apperley Bridge and Leeds and there are replacement buses at Shipley, and between Guiseley and Leeds, due to flooding at Kirkstall Forge.

On the roads in West Yorkshire the A646 at Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd is flooded and closed.

In North Yorkshire the A684 at Wensley is flooded, as is the A6108 Cover Bridge at East Whitton.

The A6023 at Denaby Main in South Yorkshire is closed, as is the A165 at Bessingby in East Yorkshire.

There are speed restrictions in place on the Tinsley Viaduct and the Humber bridge is closed to high sided vehicles.

The Environment Agency says "River levels remain high but are now falling."

Storm Ciara: More than 95 flood warnings still in place

More than 95 flood warnings are in place across Yorkshire this morning after Storm Ciara brought heavy rain and strong winds yesterday.

Flooding
Thomas Beresford

Downpours and gusts up to 97mph caused widespread flooding and travel disruption across the UK on Sunday.

In Yorkshire the worst hit areas were the Yorkshire Dales and the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire where a number of homes and business were flooded.

Further rain is expected throughout today and the MET Office has warned people in North and West Yorkshire to expect snow and ice from 15:00.

The Environment Agency says "River levels remain high but are now falling.

"Whilst further showers are forecast throughout today we do not expect these to cause significant impact to river levels, which should continue to fall."

Storm Ciara: What we know so far

There's been quite a lot of travel disruption across Yorkshire due to Storm Ciara, with localised flooding in some places.

The A684
Thomas Beresford

Train companies asked people not to travel today with the closure of some lines, including that between Leeds and Harrogate.

A severe "threat to life" flood warning was issued for the River Nidd North Yorkshire - but that's now been downgraded.

The Environment Agency is asking people not to go out and take photos of floods or high waves.

Emergency services have been dealing with hundreds of incidents today, but they're asking people to think before calling 999.

More updates on Storm Ciara can be found here.

Hebden Bridge
Elliot Shaw

Weather forecast: More rain expected

More rain is expected to fall this evening on places that have already been hit by flooding, the latest forecast shows.

Winds could drop, but they'll still be in the 50mph region.

Rain is expected for much of Yorkshire overnight.

A weather forecast
BBC

Train companies in 'Do not travel' warning

Passengers are being told not to travel on the trains today across Yorkshire because of the adverse weather.

Storm Ciara has brought high winds and rain to much of the UK, leading to localised flooding and disruption.

Train companies, including Northern, are asking people not to travel today.

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Warning of 'danger to life' winds for Yorkshire

Strong winds could bring injuries and disruption to people across Yorkshire and the Humber region this weekend, according to the Met Office.

Big waves in Scarborough
John Giles/PA Media

Winds of up to 70mph are possible as Storm Ciara batters the UK on Sunday.

The Met Office said there was a risk of "danger to life", with damage to buildings possible and disruption expected across the travel network.

The yellow Met Office weather warning, which asks people to "be aware" of potential dangers, is in place throughout Sunday.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be cloudy and cold with a few sunny spells and a freshening south-easterly wind.

There will be clear spells with patchy low cloud in places tonight, showers and strong westerly winds through the evening:

Weather graphic
BBC

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Friday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 09:02 Bradford Interchange to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:03 Doncaster to Sheffield service has been cancelled

For all the latest live updates from the county's main railway stations, click on the links below:

Millions more needed to stop Rotherham flooding says report

Rotherham Council needs more than £50m to stop flooding in the town months after the area was devastated by flood water, a new report suggests.

Kilnhurst Primary School
BBC

Kilnhurst (above) and Parkgate bore the brunt in November after the River Don overtopped following a period of heavy rain.

A new report to be seen later today by councillors says the authority is asking the government for about £51m to complete "high-priority projects", which includes flood defences.

About £20m would be spent in the Kilnhurst area, with about £10m being spent in the Parkgate area of the town.

A council meeting is due to take place later to discuss the planned request for funding.

Rotherham road flooded
BBC