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Severe accident: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

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A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe accident, at J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - One lane closed and queues on A1(M) Doncaster By Pass southbound at J37, A635 (Marr), because of an accident. Congestion to J38 (Red House).

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

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.

Severe disruption: M62 East Yorkshire westbound

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M62 East Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J35 for M18.

M62 East Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 westbound in East Riding Of Yorkshire at J35 M18, 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 disruption: M62 East Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 East Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J35 for M18.

M62 East Yorkshire - One lane blocked on M62 westbound in East Riding Of Yorkshire at J35 M18, because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

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:

Severe disruption: M62 North Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M62 North Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J34 for A19 Selby.

M62 North Yorkshire - M62 exit slip road closed westbound at J34, A19 (Selby), because of flooding.

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

Severe disruption: A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound

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A1(M) South Yorkshire southbound severe disruption, at J37 for A635 Barnsley Road.

A1(M) South Yorkshire - A1(M) Doncaster By Pass lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J37, A635 (Marr), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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
Getty Images

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.

Newcastle Falcons are the current leaders of the Championship

Chris Jones

BBC rugby union correspondent

The future of the second-tier Championship is thrown into doubt after the Rugby Football Union slashes funding to its clubs.

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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.

Yorkshire MPs question PM over HS2 plans

MPs Ed Miliband and Hilary Benn have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ensure the HS2 high-speed rail link will bring improvements to Yorkshire.

HS2 train
Siemens

The Labour politicians spoke in the House of Commons shortly after Mr Johnson announced the controversial high-speed rail link will be built.

Doncaster North MP Mr Miliband said: "The original HS2 vision was to serve and regenerate our towns, but in South Yorkshire our towns are facing all of the pain and none, or very little of, the gain.

"Can I commend to him the High Speed North concept which is an integrated plan to help towns like Doncaster and Mexborough."

Responding, Mr Johnson said the government was looking at the plan.

Meanhwile, Mr Benn, MP for Leeds Central, asked for the PM to say when the HS2 station would open in Leeds, to which Mr Johnson said: "We will get it going as soon as possible."

Doncaster mayor's mixed feelings on announcement

Doncaster Council office
Doncaster Council

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, says she is "both pleased and concerned" by today's news.

The government has said there will be a review of cost-cutting measures relating to Phase 2B of the plan, which runs from Birmingham, through South Yorkshire and on to Leeds.

The mayor says she would like more clarity on this review for affected residents.

"We have always supported the principle of HS2 but it is clear the current Phase 2B route is the wrong solution for South Yorkshire," said the mayor. "It will have a devastating impact on our communities, tear up our landscape, limit our economic potential and cap the future growth of our rail services in our region."

She adds that having a further review into phase two means further uncertainty for affected residents, who do not know if and when their properties will be demolished.

While Doncaster Council supports HS2, it is against the current planned route and has called for a South Yorkshire station to be built at Meadowhall.

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.

HS2: Homeowners 'in limbo' on unfinished estate

People living on an unfinished housing estate on the proposed HS2 route say they have been left "in limbo" once again as the government is expected to give the project the go ahead.

The Shimmer estate
PA Media

An announcement on the route linking London to Birmingham, and then on to Manchester and Leeds, is expected by the prime minister later.

The government is expected to approve the whole line. However, it will try to make changes to the second phase of the project - the routes to Manchester and Leeds - to save money.

The current proposed route through South Yorkshire will cut through the Shimmer estate in Mexborough.

Becky Quartermain, who bought her "dream home" on the estate three years ago, says she's "disappointed but not surprised" to hear the news.

She said: "We’re going to be left in limbo again on an unfinished estate. Obviously they are going to build the line from London to Birmingham but now it looks like, if it does go ahead, at this end we’re getting a lower cost version. If they feel the need to cut the costs they need to just cut the line.

"What can I do now? Look for a new house. I can’t keep going with it over my head. It’s been nearly three years and we don’t know how much longer it’s going to go on."

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

Severe disruption: M62 East Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M62 East Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between J36 for A614 Rawcliffe Road and J37 for A614.

M62 East Yorkshire - M62 Ouse Bridge in East Riding Of Yorkshire closed to high sided vehicles in both directions between J36, A614 (Goole) and J37, A614 (Howden), because of strong winds.

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

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."

Severe disruption: M62 East Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 East Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J36 for A614 Rawcliffe Road to J37 for A614.

M62 East Yorkshire - M62 in East Riding Of Yorkshire closed to high sided vehicles eastbound from J36, A614 (Goole) to J37, A614 (Howden), because of strong winds.

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

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J33 for A162 to J34 for A19 Selby.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J33, A162 (Ferrybridge Services) to J34, A19 (Selby), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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

Severe disruption: M180 South Yorkshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M180 South Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J1 for A18 Tudworth Road.

M180 South Yorkshire - M180 entry slip road closed and queues westbound at J1, A18 (Bawtry), because of flooding.

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

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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Severe disruption: M18 South Yorkshire both ways

BBC News Travel

M18 South Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, at J5 for M180.

M18 South Yorkshire - One lane closed on M18 at J5, M180 (Doncaster North Services), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

South Yorkshire Police say they want to warn people about how pickpockets operate
South Yorkshire Police say they want to warn people about the methods pickpockets use.

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.

Severe disruption: M180 Lincolnshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M180 Lincolnshire westbound severe disruption, between J2 for A161 Gainsborough and J1 for A18 Tudworth Road.

M180 Lincolnshire - One lane closed on M180 westbound between J2, A161 (Gainsborough) and J1, A18 (Bawtry), 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