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Local shops to sell smartcard travel tickets

Rail, bus and tram passengers in South Yorkshire will be able to buy selected travel tickets from their local shop from today.

Sheffield supertram Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Over 300 stores, where the Payzone sign is displayed, will sell and top up smartcard tickets from this morning. Passengers can currently get a range of 7 Day and 28 Day TravelMaster passes on smartcard – offering unlimited travel on South Yorkshire’s buses, trams and trains.

Smartcards can also be bought or topped up at ticket kiosks at transport Interchanges, and work to introduce online sales, mobile tickets and a pay-as-you–go system is underway.

“Travel tickets are already available through many different means. But together with local public transport companies, we are working to widen this range and to expand the number of places where people can buy tickets from.

“Making smartcards available at Payzone outlets offers convenience and choice. It is just one of the many ways we are providing smarter, more accessible products and services and giving people more public transport options that can be used when and where they want.”

– David Young, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Deputy Interim Director General

For more information visit travelsouthyorkshire.com/smart

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Pints of view

Walkers who enjoy soaking up the wonderful views of the Cleveland Way National Trail can now enjoy a beer inspired by the popular route.

Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer Cleveland Way and Yorkshire Wolds Way & Kyle Boote of the Helmsley Brewing Company Credit: North Yorks Moors National Park Authority

‘Striding the Riding’ is being brewed by Helmsley Brewing Company and will be officially launched at the Guisborough Beer Festival on Saturday 11 April 2015.

The brewery will make a donation from the sale of each cask to contribute to the upkeep and promotion of the Cleveland Way.

Striding the Riding, a 4% pale ale, will initially be available on tap from Helmsley Brewing Company’s bar in Helmsley, but it is hoped that some of the 40 plus pubs along the route of the Cleveland Way will also serve it to their customers. Plans for a bottled version of the beer are also in the pipeline.

It will be promoted as the official beer of the Cleveland Way and its branding will carry the distinctive National Trail acorn symbol. The design for the labels and pump clips will also incorporate the varied scenery found along the Cleveland Way including moorland, coast and dales.

Kyle Boote who set up Helmsley Brewing Company is planning to walk along the Cleveland Way from Helmsley to the beer festival in Guisborough where Striding the Riding will be launched.

Government has 'failed to make convincing case' for HS2

The Government has yet to make a convincing case for spending £50 billion on HS2, according to a report out today.

The high speed rail network, linking the North to London, will be one of the most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. But the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee says the Government has failed to meet its two man objectives. Lord Hollick chairs the committee.

Budget airline Jet2 hits back over compensation row

The budget airline Jet2 has hit back at claims it is not complying with European regulations to provide compensation to passengers.

Jet 2 embroiled in compensation row Credit: Press Association

The airline, which is based at Leeds Bradford Airport, is one of three facing legal action over alleged breaches of consumer law in its handling of passengers hit by disruption to flights.

But a spokeswoman said the claims were 'materially inaccurate' and that Jet2 strictly abided by court decisions and was acting in accordance with the law, not contrary to it.

Microlight pilot hopes to fly into record books

A pilot from Yorkshire is hoping to become the first man to fly into the North Pole on a microlight aircraft.

Dave Sykes, who uses a wheelchair after a motorcycle accident twenty years ago, has previously flown solo to Sydney.

Today he set off on his 5,000 mile polar trip hoping to raise money for the Martin House Children's Hospice, but he admits the trip came about almost by chance:

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Road closures in Lincoln for 10k

Thousands of runners of all ages are preparing to take to the streets of Lincoln today for Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K.

It will be the 19th running of the popular event which, for the first time in its history, is being organised by Run For All in partnership with the City of Lincoln Council and will raise tens of thousands of pounds for a host of good causes.

The 10K starts at 11am today. It starts in Riseholme Road and finishes near Lincoln Cathedral. The route takes the field along Longdales Road, Nettleham Road, Church Lane, Newport, B1273, Burton Road and Queen Elizabeth Road. They are among 17 roads that will be closed for the race. Some will be affected by parking restrictions and/or no waiting cones until 4pm.

Click here for full details of the road closures and other traffic restrictions

We are really looking forward our first Asda Foundation City of Lincoln 10K and are working hard to put on a run that everyone will enjoy. Of course, as with any event of this magnitude some road closures will necessary to ensure the safety of the participants and spectators. Unfortunately a certain amount of disruption is inevitable and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. All closures will be lifted as soon as possible.

– Tristan Batley-Kyle, Run For All
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Overnight closures for A1 in North Yorkshire

Traffic on the A1 near Bramham, North Yorkshire Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Motorists in North Yorkshire are being urged to allow for extra travel time during planned overnight closures of the A1.

The Highways Agency has announced overnight closures of the A1 in both directions south of Scotch Corner on March 21 and the weekend of March 28 as part of ongoing improvement work.

The road will be closed between 8pm tonight and 6am on Sunday morning.

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