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Firefighters stage austerity cuts event

Firefighters will stage a public event later in York to highlight what they claim is the devastating impact the government's austerity agenda is having on the fire and rescue service. Members of the Fire Brigades Union will be in St Sampson's Square in York from midday, as part of their nationwide "Ring of Fire" tour.

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Cycling returns to York

Cyclists can ride around the centre of York today Credit: ITV News Calendar

Riders are starting to arrive in York for a day of cycling events. More than 4000 people have registered in advance for the event which comes just a few weeks after the city welcomed the Tour de France.

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York gears up for weekend of cycling

Cycling fever is set to hit York once again this weekend as the annual Festival of Cycling and Sky Ride York take place in the city.

The York Festival of Cycling will once again take place in Rowntree Park over the weekend with all sorts of pedal powered activities for residents and visitors to take part in. There will be bikes of all shapes and sizes including adaptive bikes and penny farthings for people to test ride.

There will also be an 'AirBag' for dare devils to try out their tricks on without the worry of a hard landing. Stunt team 'The Clan' will be on hand throughout the weekend to entertain people with their breathtaking stunt show, showing some of the amazing tricks that can be done on two wheels.

Tomorrow Sky Ride York will take place giving people the chance to ride around a 5.6km traffic free loop taking in some of the city's picturesque streets and historic landmarks.

The route will be open from 10.30am-4pm giving residents the chance to ride it as much, or as little as they want and at a pace to suit everyone.

After the amazing success of the Tour de France in York, this weekend gives people who may not be seasoned cyclists the chance to give cycling a go in a friendly and safe environment.

"People will even get the rare opportunity to ride on traffic free roads in the centre of York, just like the professional cyclists who took part in the Tour de France."

– Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism

A1 road closure

The A1 in North Yorkshire will be closed overnight today in both directions as part of major work to upgrade part of the A1 to a three-lane motorway.

The A1 and A1(M) will be closed northbound between junction 50 (Baldersby) and Scotch Corner, and southbound between Scotch Corner and junction 51 (Leeming), from 8pm tonight until 6am on Sunday morning for northbound traffic and until 10am for southbound traffic.

These closures are required for safe installation of traffic management including narrow lanes, temporary safety barriers, removal of overhead power cables and road surfacing repair.

"The traffic management is necessary to enable the safe construction of the new motorway. During the closures we ask that drivers plan their journeys. Diversion routes will be clearly signed and drivers should allow extra time for travelling along the diversion routes."

– Sandie Forte-Gill, Highways Agency
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