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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.
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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.
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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.