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Traffic warning over Leeds Vaisakhi procession

Police in Leeds are warning motorists ahead of the Sikh community's annual Vaisakhi procession through the city. The procession is due to start at about 10.30am and finish at 4.30pm

It will travel along Chapeltown road, Newton Road, Harehills Lane, Avenue Hill, Harehills Avenue, Chapeltown Road, Sheepscar Street South, Regent Street, Eastgate, The Headrow, Millennium Square, Woodhouse Lane, Sheepscar interchange, before finishing on Chapeltown Road by the Shiri Kagidhar Temple.

No roads will be specifically closed as police will operate a rolling road block behind the procession to keep traffic moving but delays are expected.

We are advising motorists to find alternative routes if possible but, if they cannot avoid the area, we would ask them to be patient. We will be working alongside the event organisers in an effort to minimise disruption as much as we can."

– Chief Inspector Matt Davison

Northern Rail to operate services until 2016

It has been announced that Northern Rail will continue to operate rail services across the north of England until February 2016.

The company has committed to a range of improvements as part of the agreement including improving the way it provides information for passengers.

Commercial Director, Richard Allen, says they hope to avoid price rises by attracting more customers:

Northern Rail promises improvements

Passengers have been promised improved services under an extension of a rail franchise covering services in key northern cities.

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Under the deal, Northern Rail Ltd will carry on running trains across the north of England until February 2016.

Announcing the extended franchise today, rail minister Stephen Hammond said Northern Rail would have to meet tough new targets for punctuality, reliability and passenger satisfaction.

The deal comes at a time when investment in rail in the north is set to see a significant amount of the network electrified, meaning improved services between key strategic cities including Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

The Department for Transport and Northern Rail are continuing to work on proposals to deliver a fleet of electric trains for the franchise, which would see existing diesel stock released to strengthen other services during the deal.

The operator will provide new passenger information screens at a further 100 stations and will work to make buying tickets more convenient.

When the new agreement expires in February 2016, a new long-term franchise will be let.

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