There is a warning of travel delays across our region as thousands of people join the bank holiday getaway. 50 thousand holidaymakers will use Leeds Bradford airport alone over the next few days - while our motorways could be choker as a result of Leeds festival and the Challenge Cup final. Matt Price reports.
Leeds Bradford Airport says it's expecting its busiest ever weekend over the Bank Holiday with fifty thousand passengers travelling through the terminal.
“Leeds Bradford’s growth in passenger numbers continues to prove that Yorkshire holidaymakers and travellers want to fly close to home rather than having to risk traffic delays and congestion on the motorway network flying from other airports. ’’
- Motorways and major A roads leading to the Bramham Park are likely to be busy from today until Saturday, then again on Monday as people leave the festival.
- Festival traffic will use the A1(M) to junction 44 (A1M/A64 Bramham Interchange) where traffic will exit and continue on the westbound A64 towards Leeds. Traffic will be using both lanes on a one-way system on the A64 and will turn right into the Festival car parks.
- To manage this additional route, the A64 is being closed to all through traffic travelling eastbound from midnight on Wednesday 26 August and all day Thursday 27 August, until 5.00am on Friday 28 August.
- Traffic travelling from York to Leeds on the A64 will continue as normal but drivers should be aware that queues are likely on the A1(M) at junction 44 (Bramham Interchange).
We will be doing all we can to alleviate congestion on the major routes to the event to keep traffic flowing, even so it will be busier than normal in this area over the festival weekend.
We have a lot of experience of handling events like this and have tried and tested systems in place. We work with our emergency service colleagues and the event organisers to ensure those heading for the events get there with minimum fuss and delays.
Drivers are advised to plan and check their travel routes in advance, and to keep up-to-date with the latest road conditions.
There are reports of queuing traffic on the M62 westbound at Howden in East Yorkshire due to an accident.
It happened between junction 37 A416 (Howden) and junction 36 A614 (Goole).
Motorists are being urged to avoid the area.
Delays of up to 40 minutes on First Transpennine Express between Leeds and York due to flooding at Church Fenton. There's no estimate for when a normal service will resume. Also affecting CrossCountry and Northern Rail.Source : NRCC.
Officers investigating the death of a Harrogate cyclist 14 years ago have today launched a fresh appeal for information to trace the hit and run driver.
47-year-old Stefan Forge died on 22 August ,2001 after being hit by an unknown vehicle as he cycled with a friend along the A658 towards Buttersyke Bar near Harrogate.
The vehicle that hit Stefan and his friend - at around 11.15pm - failed to stop at the scene.
Tragically Stefan died from his injuries. His friend, who was severely traumatised by the incident, survived but suffered serious injuries.
Police investigating the collision are now carrying out a review of the case and to coincide with the fourteenth anniversary of the collision, are appealing to anyone who has any information but has not contacted the police.
“14 years have passed since Stefan died and I am hoping that with the passage of time, someone is now in a position to come forward with information that can help our investigation.
“Stefan’s family have had to carry on with their lives, not knowing the full circumstances of his death or who was responsible.
"We are still working on behalf of them, and hope that someone with that vital piece of information that will lead us to the identity of the vehicle and its driver, is out there.
“It may be that back in 2001, they felt they could not come forward with that information, but perhaps circumstances have changed and they are now in a position to share that information. "For the sake of Stefan and his family, I urge you to please get in touch and tell us what you know.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Ian Pope, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Construction work is set to be begin on a new £10.8m rail station in Bradford.
Low Moor station will be on the Calder Valley Line between Bradford Interchange and Halifax and will serve passengers in Low Moor, Oakenshaw and Wyke. The station will also serve the surrounding residential and industrial areas and be located within convenient access of the M62 / M606 junction to attract park & ride users.
It’s the third new station to be built in West Yorkshire over the coming months, following on from Apperley Bridge and Kirkstall Forge.
The new station is expected to be open in spring 2016.
Around 50 firefighters have been tackling a huge blaze at a farm at Crofton, near Wakefield. It broke out at around 12.40 am and has destroyed a barn and several HGV vehicles. Doncaster Road will remain closed for the rest of the day.