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North. The headlines tonight: Hour-long waits for drivers trying
to get across the Humber Bridge as work begins on a new toll system.
Having been able to view the traffic this morning, we think we have a few
solutions. On a visit to a new power plant, the
Business Secretary says the Government's doing all it can to
bring Siemens to Hull. The mother told by a train conductor
that the toilet was a better place to breast-feed than the carriage.
was humiliated and I do not want this to happen to anyone else. It
was mortifying for May. Inspired by Andy Murray's win,
tennis fans take to the courts. a difference a year makes. This time
last year we were in the middle of a summer monsoon. Tomorrow it is the
great Yorkshire show and it looks set to be one of the hottest first
days on record. Join me live on the showground later in the programme.
Good evening. It's supposed to make crossing the Humber quicker and
easier but today work to install a new toll system on the Humber Bridge
caused delays for hundreds of commuters. Many were stuck in
traffic jams for three miles and delayed by an hour-and-a-half.
Tonight, the Humber Bridge Board say the problems were unacceptable and
won't be repeated tomorrow.in a moment we will hear from the bridge
master. But first Caroline Bilton has this report.
They queued from one side of the river to the other,bumper to bumper
- some for over an hour. This was the problem. Work had started to
replace the 30-year-old toll booths with a new electronic state of the
art system, one designed to make the journey across the river quicker.
But today it brought traffic to a standstill not just on the bridge
but the surrounding roads too. it took just under an hour, for some
of my colleagues it longer. Many took to social media to express
their frustration. James, who was graduating from Hull University
wrote, "When I finally get across the Humber Bridge I should just make
the post-ceremony reception." Some had to change their plans
completely, avoiding Hull and going to Scunthorpe instead. Karen from
Grimsby tweeted, "As much as we love the Humber Bridge we don't want to
queue all morning. Sorry East Park another time, but Normanby Hall here
we come." And for Samuel he said, "I think it's diabolical that they are
still charging people to cross the bridge, when the works are crippling
traffic flow." For bus companies who have been working to improve the
service across the bridge, there's concern longer term delays could
have a damaging effect. Certainly, we have got the concerns that it
will put people off using the buses. Travelling across the bridge and
taking jobs on both sides of the river. The work will eventually lead
to this - a system that will mean customers can cross the bridge
without having to use cash or tickets. It's hoped it will lead to
faster journey times, quite the opposite of what's happened today.
As we heard today drivers were unhappy with the delays. The Bridge
master Peter Hill told me they had made mistakes this morning: not
happy, I must admit. A lot of our customers suffered delays. You know
how many people cross the bridge, but no thought was given to how much
disruption this would cause this morning? It was thought about, we
had a plan, we had a back-up plan. With traffic management, you have
got to do it safely and not just quickly. Here is an e-mail from Rod
asking why it were only two booths open when at peak time that is not
enough? That is obvious, isn't it? For the replacement toll system
which will benefit customers magnificently in the future, but you
cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs. It will certainly a
big omelette this morning. This e-mail is from Cheryl, why not let
the traffic through without paying to clear the congestion. That is a
good idea. That is an option which has been suggested several times
before. Unfortunately, it is not an option for me. I am going to make
sure we do not have access or delays for the customer. I left at 8:20am,
it took me an hour and 20 minutes to get across the bridge, will it be
sorted tomorrow morning? That is another e-mail. It is sorted now.
The traffic management has been modified. We had the back-up plan in
place. So tomorrow morning we will not see the problems we saw this
morning, is that what you are saying? We are still only utilising
three lanes essentially because we do have the works to undertake. So
there may be some slight disruption for people but nothing like this
morning which anyone would accept is unacceptable. Thank you for talking
to us tonight. We want to hear from you on this
story. Were you stuck on the Humber Bridge this morning? What do you
think should be done to minimise the disruption while the new toll system
back open five months after a landslip closed the line.
Business Secretary Vince Cable opened one of the biggest bio fuel
production plants in Europe today in Hull. Vivergo Fuels has cost �350
million to build and will use a million tonnes of wheat a year to
provide a green alternative to petrol. Mr Cable also told Look
North that everything possible has been done by the government to bring
energy giant Siemens to the Humber. Our environment correspondent Phil
Connell has this report. The fuel that is used to power our
cars is changing and on the outskirts of Hull, road is
converting wheat into ethanol which is seen as a more sustainable way of
fuelling our cars. At this stage it is unlikely to be any cheaper.
bring feed wheat into farms, we made it into flour. We add water and
yeast and brewed beer in these tanks here. We take that beer, we separate
the alcohol out and that is the fuel for your car. The plant was opened
this morning by the business secretary Vince Cable. It is one of
the biggest of its kind in Europe. As well as making biofuel, the wheat
is converted into animal feed as well. I think it shows that big
investors are willing to invest large sums of money on Humberside.
The plant needs to source a million tonnes of wheat from local farmers
every year. Fraud that -- from that, 420 millilitres of biofuel
we'll be produced. That could see 10% of Britain's transport needs
being met by green technology. Some groups say it is morally wrong to be
using wheat as feel where 30% of the world's population has insufficient
food. It encourages food crops being burned in our cars at a time when
food prices are going up. Hunger is increasing in the world. For farmers
it is a win-win situation. Cheaper animal feed and a reliable source of
income for those growing wheat. After recent poor harvests, can
enough be grown to feed us and fuel our cars? You can relate it back to
the days of farming with horses when Robert the third of the farm was
there to produce food for the horses to work the land. In one sense, we
are probably going back to that in a different way. It is claimed that
biofuel could reduce car emissions by 50%, confirming Hull's 's edition
as a leading player in the energy industry.
Earlier on his visit to Hull, Vince Cable told me he was hopeful that
Siemens would commit to building a wind turbine factory in Hull.
We certainly want to see them in Hull. We think there is a good
industrial reason to being here. We think there is a good market with
the wind farm is going up in the North Sea. Hull has marketed itself
very well as a centre for green energy and I am hoping we will
succeed. The decision is down to the company itself. Indeed it is. Why
haven't we heard it is a yes before now? There are a lot of issues to
work through with them, in terms of the return they would get on the
North Sea, the conditions under which wind farms would be
developed, the details of their relationship with the port in whole,
government guarantees. There are a lot of moving parts. We think we
have created what is a very good offer and we are looking forward to
getting a good result. It is down to that. Is the answer, yes you think
it will happen, or are you a bit worried? There is no point in me
trying to predict things. We have done everything we can at government
level to make this work. Siemens are very good company. I know they are
very interested. The decision is down to their board and we are
looking forward to a good outcome. Minister, thank you for talking to
us tonight. Thank you. We will continue to follow that story.
Rail services have resumed between Cleethorpes and Doncaster, through
Scunthorpe, exactly five months after a land slip blocked the line.
Passengers have been forced to take buses since a slag heap collapsed at
Hatfield Colliery in February. Originally it was feared the line
wouldn't be open until September. Our reporter Simon Spark was on
board one of the first trains to run along the re-opened line.
At 6am, the first train to Doncaster since the 9th of February at
Scunthorpe Station. Passengers here relieved to finally board a train
instead of a bus for this 38 minute journey. Earlier, Cathy was one of
the first to collect her tickets. The service we have had with the
buses has been really useful but it is nice to have it back. There are
international travellers as well. I am from Vegas. I am trained King a
train to Manchester to head over to Italy. Some have saved money by
being able to take a direct journey. I had to go to London last night.
Now I can go straight through. much better. This is the reason why
people have been so delayed for so long, 1.4 million tonnes of spoil
material moved all four tracks five metres vertically and 15 metres
laterally. As far as I know it is one of the biggest jobs network rail
has been involved in. They do massive projects across the country
but this is something which was really different. A lot of
engineering expertise was needed to get this line back open again.
we are passing through where the landslip happened. You can see the
volume of material they had to shift. We are still on a temporary
speed restriction but it has taken five months to get this far. We are
passing through it in just a few seconds. It is not just the
passengers who have been disrupted, it is the businesses as well.
think the closure of the rail line has had an impact. I estimate about
2000 visitors have been lost as a result of this. The weather has
always -- the weather has helped us. There will still be a risk this year
continuing to move spoil from that site to across the road. Doncaster
to cool services are still affected but a full service will resume by
the end of the month. Thank you for watching. Still ahead
tonight: Inspired by Andy - tennis fans take to the courts after
Murray's Wimbledon win. And almost 150,000 enthusiasts enjoy the sun,
sights and sounds at Waddington Airshow.
We will have some pic shows in just a moment. Mr A Smith took this of
two of the Red Arrows at Waddington yesterday.
Here is a shot of a smug face. OK, you got it right! We do not need to
hear you loading. What did you say seven days ago? You said I would
leave the country. A public apology is issued. Your punishment was going
to Harrogate. I did not mean that! You have viewers in Harrogate as
well. Let me give you the graphics for the Great Yorkshire Show. 28
degrees here. Cloudy and cooler on this evening, finance any
overnight. Eventually, we will see temperatures drifting back to 11 or
12 -- fine and sunny. Don't panic if you have been in Lincolnshire today
where it has been great all day. We will all enjoy lots of sunshine
tomorrow. It will be cooler along the coast. It looks cooler and
cloudy again on Wednesday. Thursday, a bit of an in between sort of day.
We see some sunshine coming through. On Friday, we will have another
sunny hot day. It may well be the hottest day of the year on Friday in
land. A hot day tomorrow and on Yorkshire Show, they know where to
find you. The beer tent is a long way off! A few complaints from
Harrogate coming in. Thank you very much indeed. See you tomorrow.
A mother from North East Lincolnshire has received an apology
from a rail company, after she was asked to go into the toilet to
breast-feed her baby by an employee on the train. 23-year-old Chantelle
Nichols, from North Somercoates near Louth, says she was humiliated. Jill
Archbold reports. This is Morgan. At four months old
she's starting to communicate with adults. Her vision is developing and
she's growing fast, and her mum has to cope with her demands for
feeding, whatever the time or place. 23 roll Chantelle was travelling on
a Northern Rail service when she needed to start breast-feeding her
four -month-old daughter. She was approached by the conductor who is
said to her she might be better breast-feeding her daughter
somewhere like this. I was completely humiliated, completely
mortified. I have breast-fed both my children in public and I have never
had this before. I went bright red and I could see everybody turning
round and staring at me and smirking at me. I was really embarrassed. The
benefits of breast feeding have been well publicised by the NHS, but
still only one in every 100 women managed to exclusively breast feed
for the recommended six month. of the things that women often say
to us is that they feel areas are not suitable. We need to make that
major culture shift to make it the most normal thing to do. That will
ultimately help women. What do women at this mum and baby group think?
is quite discreet when you do it properly. As for being asked to move
to the toilet, I think that is disgusting. I would want to get off
the train. No one would eat in a toilet so why would you send a baby
there, of all people? Would men feel the same as Mac I think it would be
a bit embarrassing if she was right next to me. Everybody has their own
reference. Personally, I have not got a problem with that. Chantelle
who has since received an apology from Northern Rail, says she's been
overwhelmed by the response from people commenting online. But will
three months' free rail travel ever take away her embarrassment?
I spoke to Pete Myers from Northern Rail. I asked him why the train
conductor had challenged Chantelle. Challenged is probably a strong
word. The conductor offered her a quiet place to go. He asked her to
feed the baby in the toilet. That is right and that was the wrong thing
to do. Quite places on trains are hard to find and he thought
misguidedly it was the right thing to do. He did not understand that
leaving aside basic hygiene, he did not understand common sense and the
law. He thought he was doing the right thing. He probably did not
understand the ramifications of asking somebody to feed a baby in a
toilet which of course is not appropriate. Is it difficult for
train companies. Some people will feel uncomfortable sitting opposite
somebody who is breast-feeding. do you answer that? We rarely, if
ever, get complaints about that from the public in that situation. I do
not think it is difficult. So that does not justify why he decided to
do this? He was concerned to the lady as opposed to complaints from
anyone else. Do your conductors need a bit more training to move them up
to 2013? We have got to make sure they are fully aware of the
equalities act and what it means. Because he obviously was not? He was
mistaken. The equalities act is a big old piece of legislation and we
have to make sure that every aspect of it is covered. This woman is very
upset and shocked. And for that we genuinely apologise. Train travel
should be an easy and pleasant experience and where it is not, we
have done it wrong and we are genuinely sorry. What would you like
to say to Chantelle? It is an easy thing to say but we genuinely mean
it, we are sorry and we apologise. Thank you for coming in. Thank you.
That was very good for him to come in from Northern Rail. You might
have a view on this story as well. Should mums be free to breast feed
where ever they want, or maybe you think it should be done in private?
Tennis fans East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire have been taking in
Andy Murray's Wimbledon win. His victory, added to the achievements
of teenager Kyle Edmund from Tickton near Beverley, could give tennis a
boost. Our sports reporter Simon Clark has been to find out how their
successes have been received. It was a moment when the nation came
together. Andy Murray's wind, the first 477 years for a man. Touch
tennis slows down the game so all abilities can play. They were
inspired by the Scot. I have been watching Wimbledon for the last two
weeks and I was definitely inspired. I could not wait to come down to the
court today because Andy Murray won yesterday. The enthusiasm here today
is wonderful. It is part of the world, someone extra to latch onto.
Kyle Edmund 's, a doubles semifinalist did not need reminding
how it all started in Beverley. could look up at someone and see how
they would doing. Hopefully I can keep on improving to inspire more
kids. And in Beverley today, Kyle's mentor or is taking a new generation
through their paces. For people here, it is Kyle as much as Andy and
Laura that gets them winning. Hopefully there will be a lot more
people interested in tennis, especially people from around these
parts were Kyle is from all stop hopefully we can keep them for a lot
longer this year. Whether you are called Andy, Kyle or Nora, this is
how it begins. Whether you become a Wimbledon champion or not, what
these children are learning is what a great game tennis is. It is real
fun and it is a good sport. It just makes me happy really. You feel
proud of them because they are from your hometown. They are quite a lot
of money and I would like to have that amount of money when I am
older. It is Andy today but could it be Kyle tomorrow?
The world awaits. Rugby League and Hull KR have moved four points clear
of their city rivals, Hull FC. The Robins trailed at half time but
fought back to beat Salford by 28 points to 18. This Travis Burns try
sealed the team's fifth consecutive victory. Across the city, Hull FC
lost their fourth straight game. The Black and Whites went down 22 points
to 16 against Huddersfield at The KC Stadium and are now eighth in Super
League. Hull City defender Paul McShane has
signed a new two year contract with the club. The 27-year-old joined the
Tigers when they were last in the Premier League and has been rewarded
for his consistency last season. It's been a fantastic weekend of
warm weather. Thousands have been out at events in East Yorkshire and
Lincolnshire. Our cameras were there Vulcan. I was at the end of the
runway when it took off. It was fantastic. The biggest clap today
was for the heart in the sky. have had a fantastic weekend. There
were 42,500 cars. The weather is great. Lots of nice people here.
is good. It is great. Nice to have something like this in Hull.
first time here, I am really enjoying it. It was the best we have
seen for almost 20 years. People were queueing from quarter to eight
in the morning and not leaving until ten o'clock at night. It was
absolutely brilliant. It is really good to be doing it. It feels good.
Support the community and everyone fighting cancer, it is brilliant.
Everybody knows somebody. I just try and keep fit, good fun, excellent.
For everyone affected by cancer, it is a great event. It is good.
a weekend people will not forget. Let's get a recap of the national
and regional headlines. A special celebration for Andy Murray. The
champion is welcomed to Number Ten as the Prime Minister says he
deserves a knighthood. After hour-long waits for drivers
crossing the Humber Bridge, managers say delays were unacceptable and
won't be repeated. Tomorrow's weather: Low cloud and
fog burning away through the morning leaving a dry, fine and very warm
day with plenty of sunshine. Light breeze and a maximum temperature of
28 degrees C. Let's go back to our top story now
and the delays on the Humber Bridge today, Caroline Bilton is at the
bridge tonight. What's traffic looking like now? It is the quiet.
You will have to take my word for it that traffic is moving freely up
there. The Humber Bridge board tell us tonight that they are confident
that things will improve tomorrow but they have not ruled out some
delays. They are telling people to go to their website which is
dedicated to the works here. Sadly, that was not running live this
morning but hopefully it will be tomorrow. This is the first day of a
long process because we will not see those tolls open until autumn 2014
so lots of delays to come. John has tweeted to say, an easy
answer to the bridge problem, make it free until it works. Mike says, I
have seen your interview with the bridge master, could he be any more
out of touch with reality? If that interview was to film a confidence,
it has failed. It will be the train tomorrow.
Michelle says it is hard work feeding your little one and
distressing when they cry. To write the rail company have apologised.
Disgusting treatment from the member of staff. Charlie says women all
over the world breast-feed in public. We are to prudish for our
own good. Dom says when babies need food they should be fed but mothers