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Police use undercover HGV to tackle bad drivers

More than 100 drivers have been caught in an undercover operation by Humberside Police in the last week searching for motorists not paying enough attention behind the wheel.

Police are using a special HGV in their operation

Some were spotted making phone calls, texting, not wearing their seatbelts and even one who was reading at the wheel.

They were all spotted by officers in an unmarked lorry which helps them specifically target HGV drivers.

PC Barry Gardner says the majority of HGV drivers are faultless, but there are a select few whose behaviour is cause for concern:

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East Coast mainline privatisation branded as "madness" by unions

Rail union campaigners have protested at stations along the East Coast main line to mark the route's return to private ownership.

The RMT union say it should stay in the public sector because it's provided the Treasury with millions of pounds since it was taken over six years ago following the collapse of National Express.

But from tomorrow it will be handed over to be run by private firms Virgin and Stagecoach.

RMT protest over privatisation of East Coast

A leading rail union is staging a a series of protests including one in Doncaster to mark the final day of a train company being run in the public sector.

RMT protest in Doncaster

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has organised demonstrations along the East Coast Main Line today, including London, Doncaster and Edinburgh. The union is opposed to the franchise being switched to private operators Virgin and Stagecoach.

Six years ago the East Coast Main Line collapsed into chaos when National Express threw the keys back because they couldn't extract enough profit. That followed an earlier spectacular private sector failure on the line when Sea Containers went bust. It was left to the public sector to not only rescue this vital north-south rail link from total meltdown but to turn around its performance and to start handing hundreds of millions of pounds back to the taxpayer in contrast to the rip-off private companies. This weekend, in an act of gross national betrayal of the British people that will cost us dear, the route is being handed over to Virgin/Stagecoach to be run again solely in the interests of private profit, taking a third gamble after the two previous corporate failures. This re-privatisation is based on pure, hard-right, Thatcherite ideology and is an act of industrial vandalism that will smash apart Britain's most successful rail company for just one reason - it is publicly owned. On Saturday RMT will mark this latest scandal on Britain's privatised railways and the union will renew the fight to return the entire network to public ownership - a policy supported by 70% of the British people.

– Mick Cash, General Secretary RMT

Virgin, who will in part take over running of the franchise say passengers will get "new services, faster and more frequent journeys." Richard Branson's company argue the taxpayer will benefit from the privatisation.

Announcing the deal in December, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

This is a fantastic deal which will give passengers on this vital route more seats, more services and new trains, and give British taxpayers outstanding value for money.

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary

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Leeds Inner Ring Road closure

A section of one of the busiest roads in Leeds is closed this weekend for essential maintenance work to complete the strengthening of a footbridge.

Motorists are advised that the A58 Leeds Inner Ring Road , between the Wellington Street junction and the Marsh Lane exit will be closed in both directions until 6am on Monday morning for the upgrade of the Westgate Footbridge

Leeds Bradford Airport parking sees 50% rise

Drop off parking charges for cars at Leeds Bradford Airport have risen by 50%.

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Drivers will now have to pay £3 instead of £2 to park outside the main terminal area for up to thirty minutes. The airport say that they have provided 100 free spaces in a one-hour zone a few minutes walk from the airport:

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has introduced a dedicated 100 spaces 'Free One Hour Parking Zone' located in the premium Mid Stay Car Park area a short 3-4 minutes walk from the main terminal entrance.

The facility is clearly signposted on entering the airport, and benefits from an upgraded walkway for pedestrians and a dedicated and convenient new entrance from Whitehouse Lane.

The Free One Hour Parking Zone provides all passengers with the option to drop off and pick up free of charge for stays of up to 60 minutes. Normal car park charges apply for longer stays.

– Leeds Bradford Airport

Mobility scooter user suffers 'serious injuries' after Leeds Road crash

A mobility scooter user is in a serious condition after he collided with a car in Bradford.

The crash happened close to the junction of Thornbury Avenue on Leeds Road.

The occupants of the car are believed to have left the scene.

Leeds Road has been closed off between Garibaldi Street and the junction with Killinghall Road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area at this time while the collision is investigated.

Any witnesses are urged to contact police.

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