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Summer of misery for rail passengers

Thousands of passengers are facing a summer of disruption to their journeys while work is carried out on a rail bridge.

The swing bridge at Selby carries the line which links Hull with Leeds and Manchester, and will close in a week's time until the beginning of September.

As James Webster reports for many travellers it will mean getting on a replacement bus service to complete their journey.

Public meeting for Yorkshire's carbon capture project

The site will be built on land next to Drax power station

Residents are invited to visit public exhibitions this week to look at plans for a new carbon capture project at Drax power station.

The White Rose CCS Project, which recently secured €300 million in EU funding, will use carbon dioxide which will be captured and piped offshore beneath the North Sea seabed.

There will be a meeting tonight in Selby and tomorrow in Goole.


MEP welcomes carbon capture funding decision

Drax powerstation in North Yorkshire has secured hundred of millions of pounds in European funding for a project to capture carbon dioxide and bury it under the north sea.

The money would pay for a new a pipeline to take emissions from Drax to be stored under the sea off the Yorkshire coast. It is estimated that building the plant will create about 4,000 jobs.

Environmentalists have raised concerns about the process but the area's MEP Linda McAvan welcomed the move.

Government welcome EU funding for Yorkshire energy scheme

The Government's Energy Secretary has welcomed €300million of funding for a carbon capture energy programme in Yorkshire.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey welcomed the news Credit: Press Association

The European Union funding will go towards the White Rose project which could create up to 2,000 jobs and provide clean electricity to more than 630,000.

Ed Davey said: "This is great news for Yorkshire and for Britain. White Rose will create thousands of green, local jobs and make a real difference to cutting carbon emissions.

“The UK is at the forefront of developing carbon capture and storage, with excellent potential for storage in the North and Irish Seas, and the expertise in operating offshore to make it a reality."

The pipe will run 45 miles underground and 56 miles out to sea

Carbon capture and storage is a process of capturing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from power stations and industrial facilities, and storing it offshore, deep under the sea bed.

It is estimated that clean power plants with CCS could provide more than 20 per cent of the UK’s electricity by 2050.

White Rose carbon capture scheme in numbers

  • 2 million tonnes of CO2 per year will be transported
  • Yorkshire accounts for 60 million tonnes per year, 19 per cent of all UK emissions
  • CCS could reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from power stations by up to 90 per cent
  • Carbon Dioxide would be transported in liquid form
  • Pipe would stretch 45 miles under ground through Yorkshire and 56 miles out to sea

Yorkshire carbon capture scheme wins millions in EU funding

A carbon capture scheme running through Yorkshire has been given a boost with around €300 million in funding from the European Union.

Drax Power Station Credit: Press Association

The White Rose CCS Project will build a new plant beside the existing Drax Power Station site which will burn coal with the potential to co-fire sustainable biomass and meet the equivalent power needs of over 630,000 homes.

From the start, 90 per cent of the carbon dioxide produced by the new plant will be captured and piped off shore beneath the North Sea seabed.

Leigh Hackett, CEO of Capture Power, who run the project, said it "represents another significant milestone for us in our development programme and an important potential source of funding for the Project, as well as providing a strong signal for CCS in Europe."


Police launch search for missing Selby man

William Notley has not been in contact since he spoke with his wife on the phone yesterday (Tuesday 24/6)

Police in Selby are appealing for help in finding a missing man. 57-year-old William Notley has not been in contact since he spoke with his wife on the phone yesterday lunchtime when it is believed he was at his home address on Buller Stree.

Officers say Mr Notley's whereabouts are unknown and it is possible he is anywhere in the country. He is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, with a slim build and brown hair. It is possible that he is wearing a brown striped polo shirt, blue jeans and brown trainers.

Selby & Knottingley road closures for level crossing work

People in Selby and Knottingley are being warned of a series of road closures and diversions this month, to allow for work to signals and level crossings.

It's part of a project to re-signal the railway in the Sudforth Lane and Hensall areas, including closing the signal boxes at each, and moving control of the signals to the Ferrybridge signalling control centre.

Network Rails says many of the closures are taking place over the May bank holiday, to reduce the risk of disruption as much as possible.

The improvement work includes renewing five level crossings across the area. At High Eggborough and Heck Lane, the manned gate boxes will be removed.

Investigation after York restaurant fire

An investigation is underway after a fire broke out at a converted mill in North Yorkshire.

At it's height around 25 firefighters from York and Selby were called out to tackle flames at the Spice Mill restaurant in Riccall.

Crews say the building has been severley damaged by the blaze and they are now working to establish the cause.

Walking with the Wounded hero looking forward to family time

A former soldier from Selby who trekked to the South Pole to raise money for charity says he is looking forward to taking a rest - but only until the next challenge presents itself.

Ibrar Ali lost his right arm in a roadside bombing in Iraq.

Weeks after returning from the Polar trek he took on the London Marathon at the weekend to raise even more money for the charity Walking with the Wounded.

He spoke to Duncan and Lisa about his adventures:

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