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Leeds and York among top UK traveller destinations

York moves up to 13th place Credit: PA

Leeds and York have both retained their places in the UK's top 20 most frequently visited cities by overseas travellers.

Leeds remains at number 12, with York climbing from number 15 in 2014 to to number 13 in 2015 in a survey carried out by Hotels.com.

London continues to reign supreme with Edinburgh, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow rounding off the top five and all non-movers.

Leeds remains at number 12 Credit: PA

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Bus lane fines net council almost £1 million

Bus lane fines for motorists

Motorists in Sheffield have netted the city council almost £1 million in fines in less than a year for driving in bus lanes and through bus gates.

More than 40,000 fines were handed out between January and November 2015 to drivers caught on cctv across in 16 locations across the city including the Wicker, Glossop Road and Middlewood Road.

The Hillsborough Place bus lane on Middlewood Road in Hillsborough brought in the most money in fines last year - netting £140,125 from motorists. The section of the road cannot be used by cars from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 7am and 11am and 3pm and 7pm.

But the bus lane and tram gates on the Wicker are the place where the highest number fines were issued - with more than 6,000 handed out over the 11 month period.

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Low-demand council buildings and services closed over festive period

A number of Leeds City Council buildings and services that have limited or non-essential demand over the Christmas and New Year period closed from midnight on Christmas Eve and will reopen on Monday, January 4.

The successful closure of services with little demand has taken place for the past three years at this time of the year when it is not essential that they are operational.

By closing non-essential and low demand services the council will make savings from reduced energy usage and reduced building costs.

However, council services with high demand will not close and staff cover will be in place to ensure all key frontline services are maintained, either directly-staffed or with emergency cover, depending on what is appropriate.

A number of services within child and adult social care services will continue, as will refuse collection services, with some changes to normal collection dates.

Street cleansing and traffic management services will also not be affected.

During this period the council will still be contactable through the council’s customer contact centre and through some of its one stop centres remaining open, except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when emergency cover will be available only.

A more detailed list of affected services can be found at: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/bankholiday.aspx which provides a whole range of individual services such as bin collections, leisure centres and emergency out of hours contacts for further information.

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