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Northern postpones key rail improvements in Yorkshire - and blames delays to Manchester electrification scheme

Three key improvements to rail services in Yorkshire will not happen in May as promised because of delays to an electrification scheme in the North West.
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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (left) leaves 11 Downing Street as he heads to the House of Commons, London, to deliver his first spring statement against a slew of positive economic indicators. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 13, 2018. With an expected drop in borrowing, higher-than-predicted GDP growth of 1.7% for 2017 and the recent elimination of the Government's deficit on day-to-day spending, Mr Hammond is expected to tell MPs that the UK is reaping the reward for years of austerity. See PA story POLITICS Statement. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Spring Statement: £15m boost for super-fast broadband in North Yorkshire

Hundreds of public sector sites across North Yorkshire will be connected with high-speed fibre broadband after the Chancellor announced £15m in extra funding for the county.

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Yorkshire transport is to undergo a major overhaul.

The North is watching: Ex-Chancellor's warning to Government as 'revolutionary' 30-year Yorkshire transport vision is unveiled

A radical overhaul of ticketing and high speed rail travel between Leeds and Manchester in half an hour are at the centrepiece of a 30 year vision for transport in the North laid out today.
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County Hall, in Northallerton, the headquarters of North Yorkshire County Council.

North Yorkshire County Council dips into reserves to make up £3m budget shortfall

The council covering England’s largest county will have to dip into its reserves in the upcoming financial year to make up a £3m budget shortfall.

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BT Openreach engineer Danny Bilton in North Yorkshire, where the contract for phase three of a major contract has been awarded to the firm.

Fourteen thousand more North Yorkshire homes to get superfast broadband after council hands out new contract

Thousands of homes across North Yorkshire are in line for dramatically-improved broadband connections after a new contract was awarded to continue the roll-out of faster internet services across the county.

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A Northern Rail train.

Could Boxing Day rail services return to Yorkshire in 2018?

It’s a time of year when rail services are traditionally very thin on the ground, with most operators offering no services at all over the Christmas season.

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Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has written to Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry about Yorkshire devolution.

Exclusive: Archbishop’s intervention could finally end Yorkshire devolution stalemate

A possible solution to Yorkshire’s long-running devolution stalemate that could see a region-wide mayor elected by May 2020 has emerged after an intervention by the Archbishop of York, The Yorkshire Post can reveal.

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Budget 2017: Hammond and May put on united front on visit to Leeds College of Building

Chancellor Philip Hammond today threw down the gauntlet to Yorkshire’s cities to show him plans for high value transport schemes after his Budget was criticised in the region for focusing on areas with metro mayors.

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Solutions to Harrogate and Knaresborough’s congestion woes to be set out by council leaders

Solutions to Harrogate and Knaresborough’s congestion woes to be set out by council leaders

A report on whether a relief road is needed to help tackle the growing congestion problems in two North Yorkshire towns will be published by county council bosses later this month.

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Leaders of county councils say they have little choice but to put up council tax to address funding shortfalls.

Taxpayers in rural Yorkshire hundreds of pounds a year worse off due to council funding ‘lottery’

Funding inequalities mean people living in rural Yorkshire have up to £500 per head less spent on their public services a year than in London, it was claimed last night.

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Pressure is growing on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over scrapped rail electrification plans.

‘Look at what we’re doing’: Grayling comes out fighting on Northern transport

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has come out fighting over his department’s commitment to the North as he insisted the region’s leaders have all the same powers to improve services as their counterparts in London.

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The Government today laid down legislation which will see Transport for the North become the first body of its kind.

Pioneering transport powers for the North hailed as ‘game-changer’ by Government

The creation of the first body of its type in the country to drive forward transport plans for the North was announced by the Government today.

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Lord O'Neill has criticised the commitment of Theresa May's Government to the Northern Powerhouse

Show us you’re committed to Northern Powerhouse, Theresa May urged

One of the architects of the Northern Powerhouse project has called on Theresa May and two of her senior Cabinet colleagues to explicitly commit to giving the North’s strategic transport body the same powers as its counterpart in London.

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Skipton woman is found in Cumbria after going missing for four days

A missing Skipton woman was found in Cumbria four days after she had last been seen.

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Hundreds of modern slavery victims in North Yorkshire alone

Hundreds of modern slavery victims in North Yorkshire alone

A new scheme has been set up to help local businesses and public service workers recognise the signs of modern slavery in rural Yorkshire.

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VIDEO: I was kettled, says Kirby Misperton fracking site tea-lady Jackie, 77

An elderly tea-lady moved by police from her table at the Kirby Misperton fracking site has described the actions of officers as "a bit heavy-handed and unnecessary".

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