Legislation for the first phase of the HS2 high-speed rail project is expected to pass its final hurdle today.
The parliamentary bill to build the line from London to Birmingham is due to receive royal assent, opening the way for construction work to begin.
It has had more than three years of scrutiny including a failed eleventh-hour bid to defeat it in the House of Lords last month.
Phase one of the £55.7billion scheme is scheduled to open in December 2026, with a second Y-shaped phase launching in two stages.
Phase 2a from the West Midlands to Crewe will open in 2027 and phase 2b, from Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Leeds, South Yorkshire and the East Midlands, will begin operation in 2033.
Construction work on phase one is set to begin in the spring. When the section is completed it is expected to nearly triple the number of rush-hour seats on the route from 11,000 to about 30,000.
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The forecast for West, North and South Yorkshire also looks quite bleak, with strong winds expected.
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson added yet another award to his trophy cabinet as his band picked up the Best British Video of the Year.
The band overcame competition from none other than ex-member Zayn Malik, who is from Bradford, in the category.
The 25-year-old from Doncaster wasn't there to pick up the gong - the duties left to bandmate Liam Payne.
Meanwhile Hull's Calum Scott missed out on the award for Best British Single with his hit 'Dancing on My Own'. Malik also missed out in the category, with Little Mix taking the prize for their song 'Shout Out to My Ex'.
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