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Severe disruption: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

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M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe disruption, at J20 for .

M62 Greater Manchester - M62 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at /, J20, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M62 Cheshire eastbound

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M62 Cheshire eastbound severe disruption, between J11 for A574 Birchwood Way and J12 for M60 M602.

M62 Cheshire - One lane blocked and it's slow on M62 eastbound between J11, A574 (Birchwood) and J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of a lorry that's broken down. In the roadworks area.

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

Gang behind 'UK's largest' illegal tobacco factory jailed

A gang that ran what could be the UK's largest illegal tobacco factories in a £10m fraud scam have been jailed.

Loose tobacco
HMRC

The factory, in County Durham, could produce 140 packs of cigarettes a minute, according to customs officers.

The operation was run by John Watson Snr, 47, from Doncaster, Terrence Jacques, 60, of Bishop Auckland, and Russell Haywood, 48, from Barnsley.

They and seven other members of the group were jailed at Sheffield Crown Court for excise fraud.

The cigarettes would then be moved to a nearby garden centre where Edward Kennyford, from Doncaster, would arrange to transfer them to vans driven by Christopher Wallace and Steven Quigley, both from Barnsley.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said the group ran a highly sophisticated and well organised illegal operation and the factory was the largest it had ever found.

Fake cigarettes
HMRC

Railway stations get accessibility funding boost

A number of railway stations across Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire are to benefit from money aimed at making the sites more accessible.

A woman taking a pram down stairs
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Some stations in the region still don't have step-free access, making journeys for people who use wheelchairs difficult and sometimes impossible.

Part of a £20m government grant is to be spent at 16 stations which will be used to install lifts, remove steps and provide accessible seating, it's been confirmed.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps said: "The ability to travel easily from A to B is an essential factor for our day-to-day lives - but is not the reality for everyone.

"I recognise we have much more to do, which is why we’re making 16 train stations across the Yorkshire and the Humber more accessible," he said.

The latest stations in the Yorkshire and Humber region to receive the extra funding are:

  • Barnetby
  • Darnall
  • Darton
  • Dodworth
  • Elsecar
  • Horton in Ribblesdale
  • Hull Paragon
  • Kiveton Bridge
  • Kiveton Park
  • Malton
  • Penistone
  • Pontefract Monkhill
  • Silkstone Common
  • Thirsk
  • Thorne South
  • Woodhouse

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J3 for A34 Kingsway.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane closed on exit slip road anticlockwise at J3 A34 Kingsway, because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J5 for A5103.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 anticlockwise at J5, A5103 (Princess Parkway), because of a break down and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Huddersfield backs £250m culture plan for more visitors

The £250m "Huddersfield Blueprint" which will re-imagine the centre of the town has been made official.

Artist's impression
Kirklees Council

The ambitious project, revealed last summer, has been made a supplementary planning document by Kirklees Council's decision-making cabinet.

The plan creates a formally applied set of rules for what can be built in the town centre during its regeneration.

The project represents the biggest redevelopment of the town centre for 50 years.

Council Leader Shabir Pandor described it as "a delivery plan" and added: "We need to start getting stuff done."

Key to the changes will be the demolition of the Piazza, which will make way for what planners are calling the "cultural heart" of the town - a hub for culture, arts and leisure, the Local Democracy Reporting Service says.

Severe disruption: M61 Lancashire southbound

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M61 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for A674 Millennium Way.

M61 Lancashire - M61 entry slip road closed southbound at J8, A674 (Chorley), because of emergency repairs. Traffic is coping well.

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

Third Yorkshire school 'self-isolates' after trip to Italy

Staff and pupils from a third school in Yorkshire have gone into self-isolation after returning from a skiing trip to a coronavirus-hit region of Italy.

St Aidan's
Google

Thirty-four students and four staff members from the sixth form at St Aidan's, in Harrogate, are self-isolating for six days having just returned from Apricia in Italy,

Headteacher, Chris Burt, says the school is following advice from Public Health England (PHE).

He says: "The isolation was enacted immediately and will be in place until Sunday 1 March."

It follows the decision yesterday for more than 20 children and staff from Salendine Nook High School Academy in Huddersfield, to go into self-isolation after returning from a skiing trip in northern Italy.

Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster, also sent a letter to parents saying staff and students who went on a skiing trip to northern Italy last week, have been advised to self-isolate.

The school said there were "no confirmed cases of coronavirus among any members of the school community" but it had taken the steps on the advice of PHE as a precautionary measure.

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Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J30 for A642.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 entry slip road partially blocked westbound at J30, A642 (Rothwell), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J4 for M56 Interchange.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and it's slow on M60 anticlockwise at J4 M56 Interchange, because of an accident.

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

Yorkshire issued with 27 flood warnings

The Environment Agency (EA) has 27 flood warnings in place across Yorkshire this morning.

Flooded road in Naburn North Yorkshire
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There are currently 22 warnings in North Yorkshire, one in West Yorkshire and four in East Yorkshire.

The EA says the River Ouse in York peaked at 4.44m at 19:00 last night, lower than the expected 4.6m, which is below the permanent defences and the temporary ones erected in some undefended areas.

The Ouse in York is currently 4.32m above its normal level and falling, but the EA says it will remain high for several days.

Three homes and seven businesses were flooded in the village of Snaith in East Yorkshire yesterday and some properties in the village have been evacuated.

There are currently four flood warnings in the area. The council says further overtopping is expected from around 09:00.

They've been issued for Gowdall, the River Aire at Hirst and West Marsh. the River Aire at Snaith and Lidgate and at Snaith Ings.

Severe disruption: M61 Lancashire southbound

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M61 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, at J8 for A674 Millennium Way.

M61 Lancashire - M61 entry slip road closed and it's heavy southbound at J8, A674 (Chorley), because of emergency repairs.

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

Severe accident: A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound

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A1(M) North Yorkshire southbound severe accident, between J47 for A59 and J46 for B1224 Racecourse Approach.

A1(M) North Yorkshire - One lane closed and queues on A1(M) southbound between J47, A59 (Allerton Park) and J46, B1224 (Wetherby), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester anti-clockwise severe accident, at J11 for A57 Liverpool Road.

M60 Greater Manchester - M60 lane closed on entry slip road and it's heavy anticlockwise at J11, A57 (Barton), because of an accident.

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

Watch: Wednesday's forecast for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Lisa Gallagher

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's another cold and frosty start to the day and we can expect some wintry showers in western parts this morning.

It will stay dry for a time this evening but we will see those showers returning overnight.

Temperatures will get up to about 7C or 8C:

Severe disruption: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe disruption, between J13 for A575 Walkden Road and J15 for M61 J1.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and it's slow on M60 clockwise between J13, A575 (Worsley) and J15, M61 J1 (Swinton Interchange), because of a break down.

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

Severe accident: M6 Greater Manchester northbound

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M6 Greater Manchester northbound severe accident, from J27 for A5209 Crow Orchard Road to J28 for B5256 Leyland Way.

M6 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queues on M6 northbound from J27, A5209 (Standish) to J28, B5256 (Leyland), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, from J29 for M65 J1 to J28 for B5256 Leyland Way.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound from J29, M65 J1 (Lostock Hall) to J28, B5256 (Leyland), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

Check your Yorkshire train journey

BBC News Travel

If you're making a journey on the rails in Yorkshire this Wednesday morning, most services appear to be generally running on time.

However:

  • The 07:53 service from Bradford Interchange to Leeds is running about 12 minutes late
  • The 08:00 service from Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street has been cancelled
  • The 08:07 service from York to Newcastle is running about 19 minutes late
  • The 08:21 service from York to Edinburgh is running about seven minutes late

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

Severe accident: M61 Lancashire southbound

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M61 Lancashire southbound severe accident, at Rivington Services.

M61 Lancashire - M61 lane closed on slip road into the services and it's slow southbound at Rivington Services, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: A6024 West Yorkshire both ways

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A6024 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, from Fieldhead Lane to A628.

A6024 West Yorkshire - A6024 Woodhead Road closed in both directions from the Fieldhead Lane junction in Holme to Holmfirth Turn Off in Woodhead, because of snow.

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

Severe disruption: A635 West Yorkshire both ways

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A635 West Yorkshire both ways severe disruption, between Wessenden Head Road and Thick Hollins Road.

A635 West Yorkshire - A635 in Holme closed in both directions between the Wessenden Head Road junction and the Thick Hollins Road junction, because of snow. Diversion in operation - via Meltham.

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

Severe disruption: A57 Derbyshire both ways

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A57 Derbyshire both ways severe disruption, between A6013 and Hurst Road.

A57 Derbyshire - A57 Snake Pass in Glossop closed between Ladybower Reservoir and Royal Oak Inn, because of snow.

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

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, at J24 for A57.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise at J24, A57 (Denton Island), because of an accident earlier on and recovery work.

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

Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

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M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, at J19 for A576 Middleton Road.

M60 Greater Manchester - One lane closed on M60 clockwise at J19, A576 (Heaton Park Three Arrows Roundabout), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: M62 West Yorkshire eastbound

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M62 West Yorkshire eastbound severe accident, from J22 for A672 to J24 for A629.

M62 West Yorkshire - One lane closed on M62 eastbound from J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor) to J24, A629 (Ainley Top), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M62 West Yorkshire westbound

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M62 West Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at J26 for M606 J1.

M62 West Yorkshire - M62 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J26, M606 J1 (Chain Bar), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M56 Greater Manchester westbound

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M56 Greater Manchester westbound severe disruption, from J2 for A560 Altrincham Road to J3 for .

M56 Greater Manchester - One lane closed and queues on M56 westbound from J2, A560 (Sharston) to J3, Princess Parkway, because of a break down. Congestion to the M60.

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

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Preview followed by live coverage of Wednesday's Championship game between Hull City and Barnsley.

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Severe accident: M62 Cheshire eastbound

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M62 Cheshire eastbound severe accident, from J11 for A574 Birchwood Way to J12 for M60 J12.

M62 Cheshire - One lane closed and queues on M62 eastbound from J11, A574 (Birchwood) to J12, M60 (Eccles Interchange), because of an accident.

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

Environmentally-friendly cars plan for Leeds council staff

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Council staff in Leeds will soon need to drive environmentally-friendly vehicles if they want to claim for work-related petrol costs.

Leeds Civic Hall
Google

According to early plans, by 2025 anyone claiming work-related mileage will not be reimbursed unless they have a hybrid vehicle.

And by 2030 no reimbursements will be allowed unless the driver has an electric vehicle.

Council officers say the scheme will help staff for whom travel is not essential to use alternative technology where available, such as Skype for meetings.

A council officer told a meeting of the authority’s strategy scrutiny board: “We need to think about the culture and behaviour of organisations."