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Funding approved for Harrogate railway station refurbishment plan

Plans to invest up to £35,000 to put together a refurbishment plan for Harrogate railway station have been approved.

North Yorkshire County Council has been preparing the case for electrification of the Harrogate line Credit: Press Association

North Yorkshire County Council will appoint consultants to put together proposals for a refurbished railway station as well as improvements to the area around the station.

Harrogate is the busiest station in the county and over recent years has seen usage grow by over 20 per cent.

– David Bowe, North Yorkshire County Council

This initiative follows last week’s announcement by the government’s Electrification Task Force that the Harrogate line is in the top tier of schemes for future electrification.

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Formal signing of Humber Growth deal

Humber growth deal Credit: PA

The formal signing of the Humber Growth Deal 2015 takes place in Grimsby today. The event marks the further award of almost ten million pounds from the Government to develop ten major projects on both banks of the Humber. This, along with major local investment will see just under £47 million of capital injection into the area.

The Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, will be joined by Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, and leaders of the four Humber local authorities.

First generation of driverless cars

Engineers have revealed the first generation of driverless cars, which could be rolled out across the country in a matter of years. Today the Business Secretary gave more details on three projects taking place across the country - each benefiting from a share of £19 million in government cash. Yorkshire road safety campaigners have welcomed the developments - saying it could lead to safer roads for us all. Matt Price reports.

Free Wi-Fi for rail commuters

Rail passengers will benefit from free Wi-Fi on trains across England and Wales from 2017, Rail Minister Claire Perry announced today.

Train operators are being asked to set how they will meet the commitment to provide this important service for passengers. All train operators bidding for new franchises and direct award agreements will have to include this specification in their bid.

Where there is no new franchise agreement due in the next two years, almost £50 million of funding will be released from the Department for Transport to ensure Wi-Fi is available on selected services from 2017, including services operated by Great Northern.

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