25/02/2014 Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)


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That's all from us. A first look at the papers on the news channel. Now

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we join the Good evening. Business leaders and

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politicians met the Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, to

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urge the government to upgrade the railway line through East Yorkshire

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to Hull sooner rather than later. The government has already approved

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the plans for a more sophisticated route that will accommodate faster,

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more reliable trains, but local business leaders want the work to be

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finished by 2017 when Hull becomes the City of Culture. Our Business

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Correspondent Paul Murphy reports. They're noisy, inefficient and slow.

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All the trains which service Hull are diesel. In comparison, the rail

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industry says electrification is cleaner and greener but, most

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importantly, faster. That's why this delegation is pushing for

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electrification and today went to see the Transport Minister, Patrick

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McLoughlin. He assured us that the line would be electrified, that

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there is an unanswerable case both in terms of cross`Pennine, as well

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as from Hull to London. So that will happen. What we are saying is it

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needs to happen now, it needs to be approved this year so work can

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commence next year, and it can be finished by 2017. We have got a

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vibrant economy in the Humber area. We have got a lot happening in the

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next three or four years, we want rail to be a part of that, we want

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as many people in the region as possible. Work is underway to

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electrify the TransPennine route. From Liverpool to Manchester to

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Leeds. But with no plans to go further than Selby ` today's

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proposal from First Hull Trains would see overheard line equipment

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added to the route between there and Hull opening the city up to the rest

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of the UK's high`speed network. It would be very ambitious and perhaps

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unlikely for the work to be ready in time for 2017, the year that Hull is

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City of Culture. We anticipate something like an additional 12

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million visitors to the city. Good, 21st`century, efficient rail links

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are an urgent necessity. We need them by the end of 2016 to be up and

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running. Rail passengers who regularly use services out of Hull

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say they feel left behind. I think it is outrageous. I think it would

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make a tremendous difference to the regeneration of the region if they

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could improve the travelling infrastructure of roads and

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railways. Very behind with things, obviously. Trains need to be faster,

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the railway network needs to be better at this end. And it's

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promised there'll be minimal disruption to current services when

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the work goes ahead. Paul is in Hull tonight ` why are politicians

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putting so much pressure on the government over this one?

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The last time a Transport cabinet minister had bigger link to this

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part of the world, it was announced that the upgrade of the main road

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into Hull would happen. The argument runs from politicians and business

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leaders that it is doubly important that the real line is upgraded and

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is made more reliable. The question is not if it will happen but if the

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rail upgrade will happen in time for the vitally important year of

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culture in 2017. Plans for 6000 houses on the

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outskirts of Scunthorpe have been put on hold. North Lincolnshire

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Council have taken a decision to delay consultation on the

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Lincolnshire Lakes scheme while they discuss flood risks. Millions of

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pounds will be spent improving internet speeds in East Yorkshire

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and Lincolnshire. The government says it will spend ?5 million

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installing super`fast broadband in East Yorkshire. Northern

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Lincolnshire will get around ?1.2 million, while Lincolnshire will get

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nearly ?2.5 million. A new heritage centre remembering

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Lincolnshire RAF history could open at RAF Scampton. The Royal Air Force

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Museum near London and Lincolnshire County Council have signed a deal

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which will see them work together to build the visitor attraction. If it

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goes ahead it could bring 200,000 tourists a year to the county. Jake

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Zuckerman reports. With exhibits spanning the history

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of flight, the RAF Museum in North London is a mecca for aviation

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enthusiasts. And today's visitors included a group from Lincolnshire

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County Council here to sign a cooperation agreement. It is the

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first step in a process that could transform RAF Scampton, the Red

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Arrows' Lincolnshire base, into a major tourist destination with a

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multi`million pound heritage centre looking something like this. I think

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it could be hugely important. In 2018, it is the 100th anniversary of

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the RAF, we are determined Lincolnshire plays a central part in

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the celebration. And we believe that, alongside the castle and the

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Cathedral, we will then have three world`class attractions that will

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bring people from all over the world to Lincolnshire. That is all still a

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long way off, today's agreement is about building the links that will

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allow Lincolnshire County Council to call on the expertise of the RAF

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Museum. We are very keen to loan our artefacts, we have a significant

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amount of aircraft, but it is important that we allow everyone

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across the country to share in those stories. If we are able to loan

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aircraft, we already lend artefacts to Scampton. We have been working

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hard to look at what else we might loan. Aviation tourism is already

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worth more than ?4 million a year to Lincolnshire's economy, attracting

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thousands of visitors. The County Council estimates that a visitor

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centre at Scampton could add another 200,000 visitors to that number.

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With dozens of historic aircraft on display, the RAF Museum attracts

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millions of visitors a year, putting it in a unique position to be able

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to help Lincolnshire achieve its own ambitions. `` attracts half a

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million visitors a year. Scunthorpe United remain second in League Two

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after a one`all draw at home to Bristol Rovers. Sam Winnell got the

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goal in the first half. Grimsby Town lost ground

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not a bad day tomorrow but there's weather front will bring rain later.

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Tonight will be dry with clear spells. Just a touch of ground frost

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and places and a moderate south`west wind. Minimum temperature of three

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Celsius. Tomorrow: Bright and breezy with variable cloud and sunny

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intervals. Risk of showers but with many places staying dry. Maximum

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temperature nine Celsius. Fresh southwest wind. Thursday will see

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early rain, then sunny spells and scattered showers.

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be rain, clearing into sunshine and showers, Buster once. Then it is

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more difficult. Susan Powell is here to explain more international focus.

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Take a glimpse out of the window and the chances they will be starry

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skies where you are. The showers we have today are dying back to the

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coast. The breeze is also easing and reclaiming skies and light winds, it

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will be chilly overnight tonight. The wind will remain keen enough to

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hold the frost that bay and in the far north-west, bringing in some

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showers, if going down to the far southern coast. In rural areas,

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don't be surprised if there is patchy frost tomorrow. In Northern

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Ireland by the end of the night heavier and more organised showers

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arriving and they will push across into Scotland and the far north of

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England. Heavy and thundery rain possible for the morning rush hour

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of Northern Ireland and not looking too clever for Scotland or Northern

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England. The snow will be mostly over 400 metres but a mixture of

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rain, sleet and snow as low-down as 200 metres for a few hours before

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9am, but after that, they should tend to retreat into showers of

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rain. Further south, clear skies and a bit

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