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Travel: M1 West Yorkshire

The M1 is closed Southbound with stationary traffic due to a serious accident between J47 A642 / A656 / B1217 that is Garforth / Micklefield and J46 A6120 Selby Road / A63 Selby Road.

The Highways Agency say they think the road could be closed for several hours while the emergency services deal with the collision.

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Hull woman jailed for 3 years in Egypt - breaking news

A woman from Hull has been jailed for three years for smuggling drugs into Egypt.

Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, was arrested after she was found to be carrying 290 tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the UK but which is banned in Egypt.

Ms Plummer's family, who have described her as "naive", said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner Omar Caboo, who suffers from severe back pain.

Her mother Roberta Sinclair had travelled to Egypt for the Boxing Day hearing which had been adjourned from Christmas Day because Laura was too upset.

Her sister Rachel Plummer said her family was " devastated " by the sentence. Her family said her lawyers have lodged an immediate appeal..

Work to start on A59 Skip Bridge

North Yorkshire County Council will begin essential maintenance at Skip Bridge on the A59 between York and the A1 in the new year.

The work will include jacking up the bridge deck end, replacing bearings, reconstructing the ballast wall, crash barrier improvements and resurfacing. The work is scheduled to begin on 8 January and be complete by 30 March.

While work is being done there will be a 30mph speed limit in place to slow down vehicles travelling through the works for the safety of the construction team and the travelling public.

The A59 will remain open throughout the work. However, during the majority of the work westbound traffic will be diverted through the adjacent layby to maintain two-way traffic flow. However, on a few nights, the layby will be used as a short diversion route for all traffic, with two-way traffic lights to control traffic over the River Nidd.

When this traffic management is in place, the layby will be classed as a clearway, so stopping, loading, parking and waiting will be prohibited for its entire length. This will be essential for safety, as there is insufficient room for large vehicles to pass parked cars.

“This essential maintenance, which includes upgrading the bridge’s crash barriers, is another example of the County Council’s continuing commitment to maintaining the county’s extensive road network.

"It will help to preserve and improve the vital east-west link provided by the A59. We will do all we can to keep any inconvenience to drivers to a minimum.”

– County Cllr Don Mackenzie

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150-plus arrested for drink & drug driving in festive crackdown

More than 150 people have been arrested for drink or drug driving offences in West Yorkshire so far this December.

The arrests form part of the Force’s festive campaign, Not The Usual Suspects, which seeks to remind the public that anyone, regardless of their age, gender or background could be a drink driver.

Since December 1, 158 people have been arrested by the Force, with 58% of those being subsequently charged.

Of the 158 arrests, 33 of those were for drug driving offences. Three of the 33 have been charged to date with others awaiting the results of further tests.

Of those charged, 22 were from Bradford, 10 from Calderdale, 16 from Kirklees, 26 from Leeds and 17 from Wakefield.

“Three weeks in to the campaign, we have seen over 150 motorists arrested, with 33 of those for drug driving offences.

“As we head in to the Christmas weekend I would remind people to consider their travelling arrangements if they are out and about and not to drink or drug drive.

“No one wants an officer on their doorstep telling them their loved one is never coming home, especially not due to a drink or drug driver.

“Our message remains the same as before. If you are out and about this Christmas, assign a designated driver, book a taxi or use public transport to get home. Don’t get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. The results could be life changing for you, your passengers or other road users around you.

“We would much rather people didn’t get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or consuming drugs, however we have teams of officers policing the county to arrest those that do. The likelihood is that if you do drink or take drugs and drive this December, there is a very good chance you will be stopped by the police and action taken against you.

“I continue to urge people to consider the very real, and often devastating consequences of drink or drug driving, and for them to think again. It quite simply isn’t worth the risk.”

“We want everyone travelling on our roads this Christmas to be safe. The consequences of drink or drug driving could be devastating. Do the right thing, and don’t drink or drug drive.”

– Sgt Gary Roper, West Yorkshire Roads Policing Support Unit

Road closes to make way for bypass

Greetwell Fields Lane is to close next month, making way for Lincoln Eastern Bypass.

The road, locally known as the Bunny Run, will be permanently closed from 15 January 2018.

When complete, the new bypass will sever the local access road as new carriageway is built to connect Wragby Road roundabout to a new roundabout set to be constructed on Greetwell Road.

"Construction of the bypass is going well and is really set to ramp up early next year.

"As part of this, we'll be stopping up Greetwell Fields Lane in January, followed by Hawthorn Road later in the year. This will allow Carillion access to the area for building new carriageway between Wragby Road roundabout and Greetwell Road.

"When complete in Winter 2019, the Lincoln Eastern Bypass will ease congestion in and around Lincoln, making travel much easier for people while also supporting growth and development around the city."

– Clr Richard Davies, Lincolnshire County Council

The Lincoln Eastern Bypass project is part-funded by a £50m Central Government capital grant and aims to minimise traffic congestion, support Lincoln’s growth as a principal urban centre, and enhance the inter-city environment.

Travel: Serious accident closes M606/M62

The M62 is closed at junction 26 Credit: Highways England

There are major problems on the motorways in West Yorkshire this morning after a serious accident.

The incident happened on the southbound M606 at around 3am.

The M606 is closed southbound between junction three and the M62.

The M62 is closed at junction 26, with traffic being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads.

Drivers are being advised to use alternative routes, with problems expected to continue through rush hour.

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