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Leeds and Sheffield trains among most overcrowded in country

One in six people had to stand on trains in and out of Leeds Credit: PA

New figures on the number of passengers who can't get a seat during peak times show trains in Leeds and Sheffield are among the most overcrowded in the country.

Nearly one in six commuters had to stand on trains in and out of Leeds during rush hours last year – the third highest figure in the country after London and Birmingham.

In Sheffield, overcrowding during morning peak times was the sixth worst in the country, with one in ten people left without a seat.

The figures, covering all services to and from stations in major cities, were taken on a typical autumn weekday.

Lincolnshire health bosses in drive to recruit European GPs to address chronic shortages

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Plans to recruit 25 GPs from across Europe to address chronic staff shortages in Lincolnshire are at an advanced stage.

The Lincolnshire local Medical Committee says it is trying to attract doctors from countries such as Spain, Greece and Portugal, as well as Italy, Latvia and Lithuania.

Medical professionals who choose to take up the opportunity will be offered English lessons and a three-year training scheme in the UK.



Weeds put paid to speed merchant Guy Martin's Lincoln world record bid

Bike racer Guy Martin has cancelled a world record attempt at Lincoln's Brayford Pool because of problems with weeds.

The television personality was hoping to clinch a water speed world record using a human-powered hydrofoil for Channel 4's Speed programme. Lincoln Council tweeted a video of him in training yesterday.

But it is thought there were concerns the underwater weeds would interfere with the attempt. In a message from Channel 4, Martin said: "Ta' for the support, I look forward to having another crack at it down the line."

Concern for man missing from Doncaster home

Christopher French Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a man who has gone missing from home in South Yorkshire.

Christopher French, 31, was last seen at 10.30pm yesterday, when he left his home in the Warmsworth area of Doncaster in a red Ford Focus.

He is 5ft 8ins tall and was last seen wearing a white jacket with a green leaf pattern, navy blue shorts and white Nike trainers. Anyone with information should call 101.

Authority to discuss Bradford HS3 plans

Bradford city centre Credit: Press Association

Plans for the HS3 route to go through Bradford will be discussed at a meeting today. West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has issued a report which calls on Transport for the North (TfN) to include additional stops in its plans for HS3, including one in Bradford city centre.

The proposal, which has been welcomed by business and community leaders in the city, will be discussed at the WYCA meeting today.

HS3 is expected to cut journey times between Manchester and Leeds from 49 minutes to 30 minutes.

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