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  1. Total of £15 million to be spent on repairing Wakefield potholes

    A total of £15 million will be spent on repairing potholes on the roads around Wakefield.

    A pothole

    The money will be used to improve over 5,000 roads in the area over the next five years.

    Wakefield Council announced the extra money after the number of holes in the tarmac tripled over the winter.

  2. People 'reluctant' to visit town centre

    People in Castleford are reluctant to visit the town centre because of street drinking and anti-social behaviour, a ward councillor for the area has said, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

    Castleford town centre

    Councillor Tony Wallis made the remarks during a debate about Wakefield District Council's economic plan for the next five years.

    A key part of the plan is to attract more businesses to the city centre and to the Five Towns by offering them support with things like employee training.

    Mr Wallis said: "Certainly within Castleford, I get people saying, 'We won't go into the town centre.'

    "On the other hand, we're trying to get businesses from outside to come here. But to do that we've got to have a town centre where people want to go."

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, between J39 for A636 Denby Dale Road and J40 for A638 Wakefield Road.

    M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J39, A636 (Durkar) and J40, A638 (Flushdyke), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. 'Brick dust and flash-lamps': Gallery marks 130th birthday

    Leeds Art Gallery will celebrate its 130th birthday later this month by displaying work by West Yorkshire artist Francis Butterfield.

    Art by Francis Butterfield

    A collection of works by the Bradford-born artist, who died in 1968, will go on display for the first time from the end of this month until January.

    Works will include Figure Derivation (pictured above) which was the first abstract work to enter Leeds Art Gallery's collection in 1937.

    Sarah Brown, principal keeper at the gallery, says Butterfield was an artist with "very strong Yorkshire roots".

    "His work often incorporated materials reflecting his early career in local industry, including sand, brick dust and the lens of a flash-lamp," she says.

    Leeds Art Gallery was founded in 1888 and claims to be one of the city's most visited attractions.

  5. New £19m college could be built in Bradford city centre

    Plans for a £19m sixth-form college in Bradford city centre are likely to be approved on Thursday, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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    The New Collaborative Learning Trust hopes to open New College Bradford on the former site of Britannia Mills, next to Trafalgar House Police Station.

    On Thursday Bradford Council's Regulatory and Appeals Committee will decide whether to grant planning permission for the college, one of the biggest city centre developments in years.

    And the trust, which also runs New College Pontefract and New College Doncaster, will be hoping the plans are approved without any stumbling blocks, as the school is due to open to students in September 2019.

  6. Bradford winter plans after £520,000 overspend

    Bradford Council is today expected to agree a plan to cope better with harsh winters after overspending by £520,000 in the city last winter.

    Bradford College

    Heavy snow during a cold spell nicknamed the Beast from the East, carried freezing winds across the continent, and temperatures fell to lows as -30C (-22F).

    The overspend was revealed as part of a report discussing how the council is preparing for winter.

    Bradford's gritting was "the highest level of precautionary treatment in West Yorkshire", the report said.

    Gritter

    The report also reveals 19,000 tonnes of salt was spread across the district's roads last winter.

    The previous winter saw only 6,900 tonnes of salt used.

    The council is planning to use trained drivers from other departments this coming winter, as well as the existing gritting team.

    Other changes proposed include using risk assessments to establish which routes should be included in the priority gritting lists, and better training for staff.

  7. Number of unemployed in Yorkshire drops by 2,000

    There's been another drop in unemployment in Yorkshire.

    Job centre

    Latest figures show the number of people in the region without a job fell by 2,000 between May and July to 118,000.

    Nationally unemployment is down by 55,000 and now stands at 1.36 million.

  8. Wakefield passenger dies after car hits tractor and wall

    A car passenger in Wakefield has been killed after the car they were in collided with two other vehicles including a tractor.

    Batley rd

    It happened at about 21:15 on Sunday on Batley Road in Kirkhamgate and involved three vehicles, according to police.

    A silver Volkswagen Golf was travelling towards Batley when it hit a second Volkswagen Golf parked at the side of the road.

    Officers say the force of the collision caused the first Golf to cross over to the opposite side of the road and hit an oncoming Massey Ferguson tractor, before colliding with a wall.

    The front seat passenger of the VW Golf suffered fatal injuries in the collision.

    The driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and is currently in a critical condition in hospital.

    Anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw the vehicles involved is asked to contact police.

  9. Managed red light zone talks after protests

    A managed red light zone in Leeds is to be discussed at a community meeting later, after people living in the Holbeck area say they're still worried by the zone.

    Protestors

    It's intended to make life safer for sex workers, but there are continuing calls for it to be scrapped.

    Residents have said they will protest every two weeks until the sex trade is moved.

    They say they've been plagued by anti-social behaviour since the zone was set up.

    About 30 people took to the roadside on Tuesday to protest about the use of the area by people in the sex trade.

    In a statement, Leeds City Council said: "Residents, businesses and all interested parties can be fully assured the work undertaken as part of the managed approach is under continuous review."

  10. MPs debate 'summer of disruption' on the railways

    A debate will take place in Westminster today about the summer of disruption on rail services through Yorkshire.

    Departure board

    It will be led by the Conservative Thirsk and Malton MP, Kevin Hollinrake, who called on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to intervene, following major delays to train services running through his constituency.

    Weeks of delays and cancellations were caused on services through York and towards Scarborough.

    An apology from Mr Grayling to rail commuters was broadcast during the BBC's Inside Out programme, broadcast live from the National Railway Museum in York last night.

  11. Check your Yorkshire train journey

    BBC News Travel

    If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire today, most services appear to be running to time at the moment.

    For all the latest live updates from Yorkshire's main railway stations, click on the links below:

  12. Yorkshire's weather

    BBC Weather

    The last of any overnight rain will clear this morning to leave a dry and breezy day with spells of sunshine and variable cloud cover.

    It'll be breezy today, turning cloudier through this evening and into tonight with some rain spreading from the west.

    Weather graphic
  13. Plans to connect 1,600 West Yorkshire traffic lights

    Millions of pounds could be spent on a new traffic light system to help unclog congested roads in West Yorkshire.

    Traffic lights in Leeds

    The £7.5m system would see the 1,600 sets of traffic lights in West Yorkshire fully connected for the first time.

    At the moment there are four separate control rooms across the county, but the new plan would see all of them combined and updated with new technology, in an attempt to make traffic run faster.

    It's claimed it could reduce journey times on some of the busiest roads by more than 10%.

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, from J40 for A638 Wakefield Road to J41 for A650.

    M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J40, A638 (Flushdyke) to J41, A650 (Carrgate), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, at J26 for A638.

    M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on entry slip road and heavy traffic eastbound at J26, A638 (Chain Bar), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe disruption, from J29 for M1 J42 to J30 for A642.

    M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J29, M1 J42 (Lofthouse) to J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 West Yorkshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 West Yorkshire northbound severe disruption, from J41 for A650 to J42 for M62 J29.

    M1 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound from J41, A650 (Carrgate) to J42, M62 J29 (Lofthouse), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  18. 'Tremendous benefits' of Leeds-China partnership in focus

    Leeds' commitment to working with one of its sister cities in China has been reaffirmed by the city council.

    Councillor Judith Blake signs a document in China

    Representatives from Leeds, including council leader Judith Blake, have travelled to Hangzhou in China to mark the 30th anniversary of the partnership.

    The cities have now made new commitments to work together on promoting trade and investment, and exchanging ideas on public transport.

    Councillor Blake said: "The relationship we share with Hangzhou has brought tremendous economic and business benefits to the Leeds City region.

    "It continues to bear fruit in a huge variety of ways in Leeds."