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Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

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M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, from J12 for M60 J12 to J10 for M6 J21A.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queues on M62 westbound from J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange) to J10, M6 J21a (Croft Interchange), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A56 Greater Manchester both ways

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A56 Greater Manchester both ways severe accident, from M60 J7 to Chester Road.

A56 Greater Manchester - A56 Chester Road closed and it's heavy in both directions from Stretford to the Chester Road junction, because of a serious accident involving a pedestrian.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, from J17 for A56 Bury New Road Prestwich to J18 for M66 J4.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise from J17, A56 (Prestwich) to J18, M66 J4 (Simister Island), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, from J15 for M61 J1 to J17 for A56 Bury New Road Prestwich.

M60 Greater Manchester - Temporary closure and stationary on M60 clockwise from J15, M61 J1 (Swinton Interchange) to J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester westbound

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M62 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, from J12 for M60 J12 to J11 for A574 Birchwood Way.

M62 Greater Manchester - Temporary closure and stationary on M62 westbound from J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange) to J11, A574 (Birchwood), because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe congestion: M66 Greater Manchester northbound

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M66 Greater Manchester northbound severe congestion, from J2 for A58 Rochdale Road to J1 for A56 Walmersley Road.

M66 Greater Manchester - Queues on M66 northbound from J2, A58 (Bury) to J1, A56 (Ramsbottom). All lanes have been re-opened.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M1 South Yorkshire southbound

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M1 South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J36 for A61 Barnsley South to J35 for A629 Cowley Hill Rotherham.

M1 South Yorkshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M1 southbound from J36, A61 (Barnsley South) to J35, A629 (Rotherham), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire southbound

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M1 West Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, from J44 for A639 Leeds South to J42 for M62 J29.

M1 West Yorkshire - M1 partially blocked and it's slow southbound from J44, A639 (Leeds South) to J42, M62 J29 (Lofthouse), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Watch: Sensory garden at Sheffield school proves a hit

A school in Sheffield has unveiled a new sensory garden designed to help students who find the school day stressful.

Some of those who use the garden have additional needs, like autism or ADHD, so the peaceful space at Ecclesfield Primary is a place for them to get away:

Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

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M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, from J40 for A638 Wakefield Road Ossett to J41 for A650.

M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J40, A638 (Ossett) to J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M602 Greater Manchester westbound

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M602 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, at J2 for A576 Gilda Brook Road Trafford Park.

M602 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and it's heavy on M602 westbound at J2, A576 (Trafford Park), because of a break down.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

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M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, from J21 for A6193 Sir Isaac Newton Way to J22 for A672.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J21, A6193 (Milnrow) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, from J32 for M55 to J31 for A59 Preston New Road.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange) to J31, A59 (Samlesbury), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Train operator Northern's franchise under scrutiny

Train operator Northern, which runs services across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, has been asked by the government to submit proposals suggesting how it can improve its service for passengers, or it faces being removed from the franchise.

Rail passengers
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During a Transport Committee session, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he had issued a “request for proposals” as Northern's service had been poor.

In a statement on Friday, Transport for the North said it believed the franchise should be taken into public hands, via what’s known as an Operator of Last Resort (OLR).

The OLR is, on behalf of the government, currently in charge of LNER, the East Coast Mainline intercity franchise.

Mr Shapps told MPs he has asked train operator Arriva and the OLR for a “list of proposals” because the franchise “cannot continue delivering in the current delivery method".

Asda protesters hand in petition against new contract

Hundreds of workers have marched through the streets of Leeds from City Square to Asda's headquarters to protest against a new contract.

Workers marching
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The GMB union says Asda workers have been told to sign new contracts which it claims will see them lose paid breaks and forced to work bank holidays, or be sacked next month.

Many of the protesters waved flags and blew horns as they made their way along the city centre route while a band beat drums throughout the journey.

Police accompanied the protesters and stopped traffic on the busy city centre roads.

When the crowd reached Asda's headquarters, a petition against the move signed by about 23,000 people was passed in a shopping trolley to a member of staff at the firm's HQ.

Workers in the city centre
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Asda said the contract at the centre of the row was about increasing the take-home pay of more than 100,000 employees through an investment of more than £80m and ensuring everyone doing the same job is on the same terms and conditions.

This is what's causing the delays on the M62

If you were caught up in the disruption following emergency carriageway repairs on the M62 this morning, this is why:

Motorway repairs
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The emergency repairs are taking place westbound between junction 30 for Oulton and junction 29 for the M1.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays while work continues.

The evening rush hour could still see the lane closed, according to Highways England.

Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

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M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe accident, at J12 for M60 M602.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and it's slow on M62 eastbound at J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of an accident involving van and car. In the roadworks area.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Bus services affected by ASDA protest

Bus services into Leeds are being affected by a protest by ASDA workers angry at a proposed new contract.

Leeds bus station
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Employees of the supermarket are marching through Leeds today as part of their fight against the change.

The company wants them to sign what it's calling a 'flexible' contract or risk losing their job next month, but the GMB Union says it'll affect paid breaks and force staff to work bank holidays.

Arriva Yorkshire says that 200, 201, 254, 255 and 229 services are being diverted as a result.

Yorkshire's former mining towns still struggling - Report

Former mining towns and villages in Yorkshire still haven't fully recovered from the closure of local pits, according to new report.

Headstocks at Hatfield Colliery
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Issues including social disadvantage, ill health and unemployment extend beyond former miners, the report by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Sheffield Hallam University says.

About 77,000 people in Yorkshire's former coalfield communities are on out-of-work benefits, which amounts to about 10% of adults of working age in those areas, the report adds.

Over 40% of coalfield areas in Yorkshire are in the most deprived parts of Britain, it says.

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe accident, from J22 for A672 to J21 for A6193 Sir Isaac Newton Way.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed and queues on M62 westbound from J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) to J21, A6193 (Milnrow), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Motorcyclist dies in Wakefield crash

A man has died after a crash involving a motorbike and a van in Wakefield.

Aberford Road
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It happened at about 18:15 on Tuesday at a junction on Aberford Road.

A van was turning right into Castle Gate when it collided with a motorcyclist travelling in the opposite direction, according to police.

The 56-year-old bike rider died at the scene.

Witnesses to the crash are being asked to get in touch with police.

Severe accident: A65 West Yorkshire both ways

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A65 West Yorkshire both ways severe accident, from Burley Wood Mount to Woodside View.

A65 West Yorkshire - A65 Kirkstall Road in Kirkstall blocked and queues in both directions from the Burley Wood Mount junction to the Woodside View junction, because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Major delays continue on M62 near Oulton

There are still major problems for drivers on part of the M62 westbound in West Yorkshire this morning as emergency repairs are carried out on the carriageway.

Drivers between J30 (Oulton) and J29 (the M1 link) are being warned to expect delays - perhaps substantial - while work continues.

Roads nearby are also being affected by the problems on the M62, it seems.

Things aren't expected to be back to normal on that stretch of the road until about 15:00, according to Highways England.

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People seen 'fighting with weapons' after crash

Armed police were called to the scene of a car crash in Bradford after people were seen "fighting with weapons".

Ivanhoe Road
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It happened at about 15:50 on Monday on Ivanhoe Road after a car crash involving a silver Audi RS3 and a red Land Rover Freelander.

Nobody involved in the crash was at the scene when officers arrived, according to police.

Anyone who saw what happened is being asked to get in touch with the West Yorkshire force.

Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

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M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, from J21 for A6193 Sir Isaac Newton Way to J22 for A672.

M62 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J21, A6193 (Milnrow) to J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

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A cloudy and mainly dry start, though rain already over western parts will soon move east to all areas.

Turning drier later this morning. This afternoon will then be dry with lengthy sunny spells.

Temperatures will hit a high of about 14C (57F) with a low of 6C (43F):

A weather graphic
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Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, at J24 for A57.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane blocked on entry slip road and it's slow clockwise at J24, A57 (Denton Island), because of a broken down tanker.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

HS2: North must 'take charge' of project

There are calls for control over the planned high-speed HS2 rail link to be handed to leaders across the north of England.

A HS2 train
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It follows speculation that the HS2 project between Leeds and London could be scrapped.

The current route sees phase 2b, from Birmingham to Leeds, cut through South Yorkshire near Sheffield before heading into West Yorkshire with a branch reaching into North Yorkshire.

The independent review is calling for a new body called HS2 North to take charge.

Chris Oglesby, a member of the panel which oversaw the review, said: "Our review panel proposes that the North and Midlands must take control of the nation's high-speed network.

"HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail - a major priority of Boris Johnson and his government - are completely interlinked and a joined up approach is required to both and the upgrades to existing lines," he said.

A review into whether to scrap HS2 was launched by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in August and is due to be completed shortly.

Severe accident: M65 Lancashire westbound

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M65 Lancashire westbound severe accident, at J6 for A6119 Whitebirk Drive Blackburn.

M65 Lancashire - One lane blocked and queues on M65 westbound at J6, A6119 (Blackburn), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: M56 Greater Manchester westbound

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M56 Greater Manchester westbound severe accident, from J3A for A5103 Princess Parkway to J4 for Simonsway.

M56 Greater Manchester - M56 partially blocked and queues westbound from J3a, A5103 (Baguley) to J4, Simonsway (Wythenshawe), because of an accident.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Check your Yorkshire train journey

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

However:

  • The 08:43 Doncaster to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:01 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds service has been cancelled
  • The 09:45 Leeds to London Kings Cross service has been cancelled
  • The 09:58 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: