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Commuters are being urged to plan ahead for journeys to work tomorrow
as a rail strike's expected to cause delays on roads
The RMT union is in dispute with Northern Rail
over plans to introduce more driver-only-operated trains.
It was business as usual today on the region's rail network
but tomorrow thousands of passengers are facing delays and disruption.
The strike's over plans by Northern to bring in driver-only operated
trains with no conductor to open or close doors.
Rail bosses say training will be given but the unions believe
We believe that having a second person on all trains provides
assurances to the travelling public and it's an additional safety
measure in the event that the driver becomes incapacitated.
We put safety at the heart of everything we do.
The independent rail regulator has indicated that this is as safe
This isn't about who opens or closes doors, this
is about giving our customers what they want, which is access
to our people at times that matter to them.
The 24-hour rail strike starts at midnight with unions predicting
To ease problems, around 300 replacement buses
Today at Thornaby station, passengers
Buses take longer than trains to get from one station
to another so there will be a lot of disruption.
I think it's good to have a conductor on the trains
coming up and down, especially when you've got a young daughter.
Northern say a revised timetable will operate tomorrow
but they have advised passengers to plan their journeys carefully.
To lessen disruption they say those with a valid ticket will be
?2 billion extra earmarked for social care in the Budget isn't
enough to deal with the problem of looking after the elderly
Ministers say they're providing resources to help ease
pressure on the NHS - they've also allowed councils
to raise more money from council tax.
But Tyneside MP Nick Brown told BBC's Sunday Politics
The scale of the problem is much larger than the general
I'm not sure what the distribution arrangements will be for that money
but the need for social care and the local government tax space
which will have to bear the brunt of this are not evenly spread
and so for authorities like urban ones in the north-east,
they will end up with more to do and not the money to do it.
There clearly is an issue with social care in this country.
Over a million people rely on that and I think the money the government
Police are looking for a man in a hoodie after 60 cars were damaged
The police say the vehicles, which were parked in the Springwell
and Grindon areas of the city, were all scratched with a key
Extra patrols are being carried out in the area.
A radar gun's been bought for volunteers to use,
to catch drivers speeding through Brampton in Cumbria.
It's been paid for by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.
The Brampton Speedwatch group says it's now better able to tackle
Visitors to York's Art Gallery were warned they may find
naked people among its exhibits as of today.
The gallery's hosting a programme to help mark the 50th anniversary
of the decriminalisation of homosexuality
We're all used to seeing the human form in all its glory in museums,
but today in York visitors were greeted with live nude
Hats Off Drama is a theatre company that for 16 years has been working
with life modelling and making theatre of the body for gallery
We try and work with the gallery spaces to make them inclusive
and open and to take the premise that everybody can make art and that
gallery spaces need to be active spaces that are open for people
to come and engage with the collections in ways that
The project has been focusing on people's gender identity
and all the issues they face that are particular for people
It's 50 years since the decriminalisation
of homosexuality in England and Wales, and museums and galleries
across Britain are celebrating this with queer themed events
and exhibitions, so we've got in early at York,
this is one of the first ones for the year.
And Nina will be back here at the gallery next Saturday
and Sunday for a special life modelling performance
There is actually a full moon tonight but we won't be talking
about that now in the weather forecast.
It's going to be a colder night tonight then recent nights,
the cloud pushes away eastwards and we'll be left with some clear
spells but under clear skies the temperatures
will fall so in towns and cities we could get down to four
or 5 degrees but in rural spots we could see a touch
of frost by Monday morning so it
will be a chilly start, generally quite dry,
a little rain for a time across parts of Cumbria.
The cloud will come and go but by afternoon it should break up
and we will see decent spells of sunshine.
Tomorrow's top temperature around 14 Celsius, 57 Fahrenheit.
Through the rest of the week it stays generally quite mild,
There is more online. but brighter spells by Wednesday.
I'll be back with the late news, at 10:20pm.