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Calls for Bradford city centre stop in future phase of high speed rail project

Council chiefs in West Yorkshire are calling on government officials to include additional stops in their plans for HS3, including one in Bradford city centre.

The proposal for the third stage of the high speed rail project, which was discussed at a West Yorkshire Combined Authority meeting today, has been welcomed by business and community leaders. They say rail links are lagging behind the rest of the country.

HS3 is expected to cut journey times between Leeds and Manchester by 10 minutes.

Leeds and Sheffield trains among most overcrowded in country

One in six people had to stand on trains in and out of Leeds Credit: PA

New figures on the number of passengers who can't get a seat during peak times show trains in Leeds and Sheffield are among the most overcrowded in the country.

Nearly one in six commuters had to stand on trains in and out of Leeds during rush hours last year – the third highest figure in the country after London and Birmingham.

In Sheffield, overcrowding during morning peak times was the sixth worst in the country, with one in ten people left without a seat.

The figures, covering all services to and from stations in major cities, were taken on a typical autumn weekday.

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Travel: Delays after accident on A1(M) in South Yorkshire

There is queueing traffic due to an earlier accident on A1(M) Northbound in South Yorkshire. The collision happened after J37 A635 Barnsley Road (Marr), with congestion on A1(M) to J35 M18.

All lanes have been re-opened. Lane one (of two) was closed for around 30 minutes until 07:45 while the car was recovered. Traffic is on the route from Blyth towards Barnsdale Bar.

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