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M62 Westbound

Very slow traffic on M62 Westbound between J19 (Heywood) and J18 M60.
Not helped by an accident earlier in the afternoon along this stretch.

The A6024 Woodhead / Holme Moss Road is closed due to snow between A635 Greenfield Road (Holmfirth) and A628 Woodhead Pass (High Peak).

Nuisance Bike Seizures

West Yorkshire Police have stepped up their clamp down on nuisance bikes.

Wakefield District Police’s Matrix Team have seized or recovered five off road bikes being used illegally since the start of 2018, building on a string of 34 successful court cases and 78 seizures from the year before.

Latest weather update

Here’s Huddersfield Weatherman Paul Stevens latest forecast:

Weather stock pics of Examiner weatherman Paul Stevens.
Weather stock pics of Examiner weatherman Paul Stevens.

The showers now are turning back to sleet & snow down to 300m with some of the showers heavy with hail & thunder. Colder air continues to feed SE behind the clearing CF so to increasingly lower levels by mid pm 200m showers will become snow.

The wind is not quite as strong but around the showers gusting 45mph at times with local blizzards. The showers to are moving through more slowly so where you get a concentration or “streeting” effect 10-15cm is possible, especially overnight & 5-10cm to quite low ground. This evening’s commute again will be wintry & icy for some with local disruption as grit will be washed off roads before the changeover to snow is complete which is a process on going through the afternoon.

Huddersfield Railway Station

The latest work to upgrade signalling in Huddersfield and Dewsbury will take place this weekend as part of the Great North Rail Project, with passengers advised to check before they travel.

Huddersfield Railway Station.
Huddersfield Railway Station.

On Saturday, 20 January and Sunday, 21 January, workers from Network Rail will carry out the next stage of the project, which will see old signalling technology ‘recontrolled’ from local lineside signal boxes to the state-of-the-art Rail Operating Centre in York. Once completed, passengers will see a more reliable and modern railway which will improve journeys across the north.

Due to the nature of the work, no trains are able to run in, out or through Huddersfield and Dewsbury stations. Bus replacement services will be in operation to keep passengers travelling between Leeds, Manchester, Manchester Airport, Halifax, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Stalybridge and Bradford on the move.

The work will mean changes to TransPennine Express services from Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Scarborough, Hull, Manchester, Sheffield, Doncaster and Cleethorpes and customers are urged to check before they travel.

Relief for bus passengers

There’s nothing like searching your house for change for the bus.

Well that’s now a thing of the past as First have welcomed contactless payments today!

Emergency service praised for M62 crash rescue

A major rescue operation has been carried out this afternoon after three vehicle crash on the M62

The smash took place between junction 19, for Heywood, and junction 18, Simister Island, with long queues building up to the junction for Rochdale.

A 45-year-old man suffered serious injuries - he was trapped in his vehicle for a time and fire crews worked to free him.

A GMP spokesman confirmed he was rescued just before 2pm - was suffering serious head and arm injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.

M62 delays

There are currently delays of 30 minutes against expected traffic after the crash at Junction 19 Heywood.

All lanes have re-opened but congestion is back to Milnrow.

The scene at Heywood around 20 minutes ago.

M62 queues at Milnrow

Allow extra time for your journey if you’re heading over the tops as there has been a bad crash on the Manchester side of M62.

The smash took place between junction 19, for Heywood, and junction 18, Simister Island, with long queues building up to the junction for Rochdale.

A 45-year-old man suffered serious injuries - he is reportedly trapped in his vehicle and fire crews are attempting to free him.

This Highways England traffic camera image shows standing traffic westbound now almost back to junction 21 at Milnrow.

Fixtures postponed

Kirklees Council have cancelled all sporting fixtures this weekend on their grounds due to water logged pitches.

The move comes following the bad weather and forecast for the next couple of days isn’t great, so the District League and District FA have decided to cancel all fixtures this weekend.

National news

Here’s a round up of today’s main headlines...

TV STAR CHRIS TARRANT BANNED FROM ROADS AFTER ADMITTING DRINK DRIVING
Radio host and TV presenter Chris Tarrant has been given a road ban after pleading guilty to drink-driving. The 71-year-old was over the limit while behind the wheel of his Mercedes on December 16 in Bucklebury, close to his home in Berkshire. He was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £6,000. The court heard Tarrant’s breathalyser reading was 50 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit being 35 microgrammes.

MAY PROMISES MORE FUNDING FOR UK BORDER CONTROLS IN FRANCE
Theresa May is to pledge tens of millions of pounds to strengthen Britain’s border controls in France as she hosts summit talks with President Emmanuel Macron. Officials said the £44.5 million cash injection would go towards fencing, CCTV and detection technology in Calais and other ports along the Channel. The move follows reports that Mr Macron has been pressing for Britain to increase its financial contribution as well as a commitment to take more refugees ahead of his first visit to the UK as president.

GALE-FORCE WINDS BRING NEW DISRUPTION AFTER SNOW HITS UK
Severe gales are bringing travel disruption across the country after gusts of more than 80mph battered parts of Britain overnight. Drivers were warned to only travel if necessary while railway passengers faced severe delays as trains collided with fallen trees and other debris blocking lines. Forecasters issued yellow “be aware” wind warnings as gusts reached 83mph in Tibenham Airfield, near Norwich, and 78mph in Aberdaron, Wales, while police urged motorists to drive with “extreme caution” amid wintry conditions in Scotland.

Hearing into fatal crash opened

An inquest has been opened this morning into the death of Jo Brook, who died after crashing into a dry stone wall at Scapegoat Hill last week.

The brief hearing at Bradford Coroner’s Court heard Joe, 21, was the sole occupant of his car when he left the road and collided with a lamppost and a substantial wall at Round Ings Road, near Outlane on Friday evening. Assistant Coroner Oliver Longstaff said Mr Brook, who had been travelling from Huddersfield town centre towards New Hey Road, had been certified dead at the scene at 8.03pm.
The results of a preliminary post mortem by Dr Lisa Barker said the cause of death was from head, neck and chest injuries. The inquest was adjourned to a future date.

Joe Brook, 21, who died when the car he was driving crashed into a wall and lamppost on Round Ings Road at Scapegoat Hill
Joe Brook, 21, who died when the car he was driving crashed into a wall and lamppost on Round Ings Road at Scapegoat Hill (Image: HDEUGC)

Work underway to reopen Stocksbridge Bypass

This will be affecting you if you’re travelling to or from South Yorkshire today:

Update on missing young woman

Chelsea Morrison from our previous missing person’s appeal has been found safe and well.

More gritting this evening...

The news you’ve all been dying to hear.

Flooding risk

Weather experts say there is a risk of flooding in Calderdale.

The current level of the River Calder is approximately 2.282m, which is at the top of the typical range.

A Kirklees Council van was washed in to the canal at Elland. Pic courtesy of Matthew James
A Kirklees Council van was washed in to the canal at Elland. Pic courtesy of Matthew James

Huddersfield's biggest pothole?

Is this the worst in Kirklees?

This crater-sized hole is on Blackmoorfoot Road near top the Wills O’Nats pub and has been causing a nightmare for drivers.

Plenty of people on social media have been posting pictures of the damage it’s caused to their cars.

Hole in the road, Blackmoorfoot Road, Meltham near the Wills'O'Nats pub.
Hole in the road, Blackmoorfoot Road

More weather warnings issued

<insert rolling eyes emoji>

The Met Office have extended the weather warning for snow and ice tonight and tomorrow.

Weather experts say: “Travel delays on roads are likely, as are public transport cancellations. In a few places, mainly upland areas, vehicles may become stranded.

“Ice will also form in some areas overnight.”

Snow scene in Slaithwaite
Snow scene in Slaithwaite

Ravensthorpe crash

More pictures from the scene in Ravensthorpe earlier this morning.

Police say the call came in at 7.52am and a woman in an Audi A4 had to be extricated. Ambulances were called to the scene and the road is now fully re-open. As mentioned earlier, it’s not thought anyone has any serious injuries.

Crash on Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe
Crash on Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe (Image: Imran Patel)
Crash on Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe
Crash on Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe (Image: Imran Patel)

CCTV appeal after train guard assaulted

Do you recognise this man? Police want to talk to him after a train guard was attacked at Wakefield Westgate Station.

British Transport Police have released the picture after the assault at 3.45pm on December 20. Three men were on a train at the station and were challenged by the victim as they did not have tickets. When they left the train at Wakefield, one of them became very aggressive and grabbed the guard and shook him.

Anyone who recognises the picture or has any information is asked to contact BTP by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 324 of 20/12/2017.

Police appeal after assault at Wakefield Westgate
Police appeal after assault at Wakefield Westgate (Image: BTP)

Concerns for missing young woman

Have you seen Chelsea Morrison?

She is missing from her home in Halifax and her family are extremely concerned. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police via 101.

Chelsea Morrison
Chelsea Morrison (Image: Facebook)

Delays to buses

Buses are running up to an hour late due to the collision...

Crash in Ravensthorpe

There’s been a nasty-looking collision in Ravensthorpe this morning.

Crash in Ravensthorpe
Crash in Ravensthorpe (Image: West Yorkshire Police RPU)

Fire service have been at the scene on Huddersfield Road extricating the driver after the crash between a car and van. It’s not thought there have been any serious injuries.

Crash in Ravensthorpe
Crash in Ravensthorpe (Image: West Yorkshire Police RPU)

Gritters are OUT

Heavy congestion in Liversedge

Things are very congested on the A62 - the main road from Dewsbury to Huddersfield this morning:

Resurfacing work underway in Kirkburton

Today's Examiner

Here is our front page for today, leading on the news that a man who burgled Huddersfield Town loanee Izzy Brown and tried to steal the Championship trophy has been jailed for a year.

Examiner front page 18/01/18

M62

No major problems to report on the motorway this morning.

Traffic is slow eastbound around Ainley Top as usual, and congested westbound further down at junction 29.

Junction 24 of the M62 from Outlane bridge
Junction 24 of the M62 from Outlane bridge (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)

Road still closed

Holme Moss Road between Holmfirth and the Woodhead Pass remains closed this morning due to the snow.

Snow views at Holme Moss 27/12/17 (Pic by Dave Howarth)
Snow views at Holme Moss 27/12/17 (Pic by Dave Howarth)

Major South Yorkshire route closed

A heads up if you’re a Sheffield/Barnsley commuter - the Stocksbridge Bypass is closed in both directions this morning due to flooding.

This is affecting traffic between the A628 (Flouch roundabout) and the A6102 (at Wortley, near Barnsley).

Morning, Huddersfield

Welcome to the Huddersfield Examiner’s breaking news service.

Stay with us throughout the day to be the first to know everything that’s happening across Huddersfield and the rest of West Yorkshire.

We’ll also be bringing you updates on crime, health, sport, politics, education and more live from the Examiner team.

And remember to check back before you travel as during peak times we’ll provide you with all of the latest traffic updates on the M62 and roads around the region.

You can also download our app to get news on the go and push notifications for the latest breaking stories here .

If there’s something you’ve noticed and want us to check out then please feel free to get in touch - you can call us on 01484 437712, email editorial@examiner.co.uk or tweet @Examiner. You can also find us on social media here .