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Leeds Festival advice for drivers

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  • Motorways and major A roads leading to the Bramham Park are likely to be busy from today until Saturday, then again on Monday as people leave the festival.
  • Festival traffic will use the A1(M) to junction 44 (A1M/A64 Bramham Interchange) where traffic will exit and continue on the westbound A64 towards Leeds. Traffic will be using both lanes on a one-way system on the A64 and will turn right into the Festival car parks.
  • To manage this additional route, the A64 is being closed to all through traffic travelling eastbound from midnight on Wednesday 26 August and all day Thursday 27 August, until 5.00am on Friday 28 August.
  • Traffic travelling from York to Leeds on the A64 will continue as normal but drivers should be aware that queues are likely on the A1(M) at junction 44 (Bramham Interchange).

We will be doing all we can to alleviate congestion on the major routes to the event to keep traffic flowing, even so it will be busier than normal in this area over the festival weekend.

We have a lot of experience of handling events like this and have tried and tested systems in place. We work with our emergency service colleagues and the event organisers to ensure those heading for the events get there with minimum fuss and delays.

Drivers are advised to plan and check their travel routes in advance, and to keep up-to-date with the latest road conditions.

– Emergency planning manager for Highways England in Yorkshire, Andrew Charnick


West End producer tackles 'The Girls'

West End producer David Pugh has had countless successes in his long career in the theatre, from putting Daniel Radcliffe on stage in the controversial Equus to the reincarnation of Morecambe and Wise in The Play what I wrote.

Now though he's concentrating on The Girls, a musical based of course on the ladies of Rylstone WI. It's written by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth and opens in November at Leeds Grand.

He spoke to ITV Calendar earlier.

Calendar viewers celebrate National Dog Day

It's National Dog Day and Calendar viewers have been posting pics of their four legged friends on our Facebook page and telling us what makes them special. Here's just some of the contributions we've had, but you can see even more here.

Shelly Hardwick: Our gorgeous border collie cross, Bane. Super intelligent, will sit, stay, high give, speak, sit 'pretty' and lots of other things to earn a treat, but we cant seem to get him to stop eating the post! He also doesn't seem to realise that he is a bit big for sitting on knees!!
Jane Shepherd: They're just so cheeky x
Grace McHale: My little Lady loves Ice Cream!
Sarah Coffey: My beautiful staffie, Buster. We have had him since he was 9wks old and he's now 12yrs young he's the best companion so loving and gentle he's epileptic but that doesn't stop him running round like a puppy really couldn't wish for a better dog
Helen Young, Ilkley: My two doggies Herbie & Lottie sharing the love, only had for a couple of years couldn't imagine the house without them.
Jasmine Fretwell-Parker: Coming Home to a heard of wagging tails!
Kelly Sales:Meet Lola and her 6 puppies. Lola had her baby's 4weeks ago delivered by c-section all doing great
Emily Kerr: Humphrey always has a big grin on his face and loves going out for a run with me.

Which direction next for the 1D boys?

One Direction look set to split next year Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Over five years they have played 325 gigs to around 7.5 million fans, but now One Direction are said to be going their separate ways after the release of their fifth album next March.

The band's final performance looks set to take place in Sheffield. Adam Fowler went to gauge reaction in the city of steel.


Graffiti artist to hit right note for Leeds Piano Competition

In celebration of Leeds' 18th triennial International Piano Competition, a baby grand piano will be transformed today at Trinity Leeds shopping centre by local graffiti artist, Elliot Wigzell.

Swapping piano keys for spray cans, Elliot will be in the centre from 10am for four hours for an afternoon of live spray-painting.

Once the paint has dried, shoppers of all skill levels will have the opportunity to play the one of a kind piano right in the middle of the centre where it will stay until the 10th September.

Elliot often runs workshops for young adults across the city, and has been invited into Trinity Leeds for the first time to exhibit his unique skill.

Set up by Dame Fanny Waterman in 1961, Leeds International Piano Competition welcomes the finest young pianistic talent to Leeds once every 3 years.

Competitors perform at Leeds University with the finals taking place at Leeds Town Hall where they compete for the £20,000 prize money.

Danny Jones' widow Wembley challenge

The widow of tragic Keighley Cougars star Danny Jones faces the challenge of her life at next weekend's Challenge Cup final.

Lizzie Jones will be singing Abide with Me at rugby League's showpiece event at Wembley on Bank Holiday Saturday

She's doing it for her husband Danny, who collapsed and died during a Keighley Cougars match. Sally Simpson was invited along to a rehearsal.

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