Column – Transport Talk with Don Mackenzie

Following publication of Transport Talk and media releases from North Yorkshire County Council, many comments have been received from members of the public. Here is a summary of the points raised, and my responses.

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SCRAPPED: Tesco has confirmed the much-debated store proposal will now not be built

BREAKING: Tesco scraps Harrogate superstore plans

In a shock reversal of policy, Harrogate will remain the only major postcode in Britain without a Tesco.

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Katerina Gilbert with parents and pupils on the car park. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Why these frustrated Sharow parents want to build a car park

The hazards of the school run – and the resulting traffic nightmare – have been well documented with schools across the country drawing up ‘safety charters’ and even introducing outright driving bans.

There could be extra flights between Leeds Bradford Airport and Heathrow if a third runway is built at London's main airport.

Tom Richmond: Trains or planes, we need links that mean business

THE promise of extra flights between Leeds Bradford Airport and Heathrow needs to be placed in a wider political context.

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An aerial image of Bogs Lane

Mapped: Concerns raised that new Harrogate relief road will lead to "thousands of new homes"

Concerns have been raised that a new relief road between Harrogate and Knaresborough could lead to thousands of new homes being built in the area.

Transport 2
Major A1 closure as new bridge arrives

Major A1 closure as new bridge arrives

A section of the A1 in North Yorkshire will be closed for 34 hours this weekend as a new bridge is installed.

News 2
This week’s planned roadworks for Yorkshire

This week’s planned roadworks for Yorkshire

The following roadworks are scheduled to take place in Yorkshire over the next week:-

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Picture: Scott Louden

Fifth of drivers admit to regularly speeding in 20mph zones

FOUR in ten UK drivers admit breaking the speed limit in 20mph zones by at least 10mph, with a fifth (21 per cent) saying they do so on a weekly basis.

The cost of concessionary fares in Yorkshire

Exclusive: Councils spend £100m to make one in three Yorkshire bus trips free

Nearly a third of all bus journeys taken in Yorkshire are free concessions at a cost of £100m to the public purse, an investigation by The Yorkshire Post has revealed.

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The Little White Bus makes its way through Upper Wensleydale

The last bus: Dales folk who can’t even get to Bradford and back on the same day

AS little as three years ago Carleton near Skipton enjoyed buses running to town into the early evening and even at weekends.

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Emergency services are at the scene of a crash in Harrogate.

Breaking: Emergency services at crash in Harrogate

Emergency services have been dispatched to Wetherby Road in Harrogate after reports of a collision.

Helping a boy trapped in handcuffs was just one of the calls firefighters in North Yorkshire responded to last night.

Firefighters release nine-year-old boy trapped in handcuffs

Freeing a nine-year-old boy trapped in handcuffs is all in a night’s work for North Yorkshire firefighters.

Parking charges

North Yorkshire use £3million parking surplus on major Harrogate schemes

North Yorkshire County Council will use part of last year’s £3million on-street parking charges surplus to fund sustainable transport initiatives to encourage walking and cycling.

Transport 2

Watch: Driver reverses through metal railings into Leeds Road traffic

Leeds Road drivers watched on in horror this afternoon (June 6) as a Harrogate motorist reversed through a set of railings directly into oncoming traffic.

Transport 2

TRAVEL: 23 Yorkshire roadworks suspended for Bank Holiday weekend

Typhoon Jets caused a sonic boom in Yorkshire on Monday... or was it aliens?

SONIC BOOM: Conspiracy website says drama was start of WW3 as UFO shot down after rising from sea

A website devoted to conspiracy theories has said Monday's sonic boom drama over Yorkshire was down to a UFO rising from the North Sea - and that local people thought World War 3 was starting.
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The damaged tractor following the accident (image courtesy of British Transport Police)

Report urges Knaresborough crossing safety improvements after train hit tractor

A report investigating the moment a train crashed into a tractor at a Knaresborough crossing last May has warned the consequences could have been 'much worse'.

Motorway roadworks could cause delays next week

Motorway roadworks could cause delays next week

Motorists could face delays while a series of planned roadworks are in place on major roads and motorways across the region next week.

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Richard Branson's Virgin has promised more trains to London (s)

Virgin Trains warns promised two-hourly Harrogate-London service is in doubt

Revolutionary promises to introduce 14 trains a day between London and Harrogate from 2019 could be at risk with four competing companies battling for use of the line.

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