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11/06/21 | Leeds local news | A Decarbonisation Strategy for the North of England is going out to public consultation, giving people across West Yorkshire the chance to have their say on ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions from surface transport.

It is the first time a regional strategy of this type has been produced, bringing together the region’s leaders to speak out with one voice on the climate emergency.

The strategy, developed by the region’s political and business leaders through Transport for the North (TfN), sets out the ambitious goal of achieving near-zero carbon emissions from surface transport by 2045. It highlights how the region aims to go beyond national policy and why coordination at a regional level will provide the best outcomes.

Surface transport is the largest contributing sector to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK – accounting for 22% of all emissions in 2019. The majority (95%) of this is from road transport, so opportunities around electric and alternative fuel vehicles are a key part of the developing strategy.

However, moving towards decarbonisation is not simply about lowering carbon emissions from traditional road vehicles – it can also mean making the most of opportunities such as technological advances to enhance the wider transport network and improve connectivity.

Among the potential actions and areas of focus the strategy considers are:

  • Zero emission vehicles, including cars, HGVs and buses, with a comprehensive network of charging facilities to support their wider use
  • The decarbonisation of the rail network through electrification
  • The use of hydrogen and alternative fuel vehicles
  • Encouraging modal shift towards more sustainable ways of travelling, such as public transport and active travel
  • Opportunities for decarbonisation in the freight industry
  • Carbon reduction when projects are built, as well as carbon capture
  • How Transport for the North’s four Future Travel Scenarios could present challenges and opportunities for decarbonising transport

To find out more and respond to the consultation visit: www.transportforthenorth.com/decarbonisation/. The consultation opens on Monday 7 June 2021 and closes at 12:00 on Tuesday 31 August 2021.



A burial ground dating back to the 1700s where it's believed more than 9,000 bodies are buried is being dug up by Highways England as part of £355million roadworks.

Workers on the A63 in Hull, East Yorks., are making way for a new underpass – while archaeologists investigating the site uncover piece after piece of fascinating history.

Thousands of skeletons have been exhumed from the burial ground, which was in use during the Industrial Revolution - and Hull’s boom years - between 1783 and 1861.

An 80-strong team of experts are not merely moving the bodies to make way, but carefully excavating them and carrying out examinations before logging the information.

Each skeleton is kept together while being looked at, while individual bones are carefully cleaned by with specialist toothbrushes to allow for detailed examination.

Once the relevant groundworks have been completed, the bodies will be reburied on the same site, which at the time was called Trinity Burial Ground.

Highways England has described the project, which began in 2015 and will end this summer, as “incredible” - and say their efforts have “revealed intriguing clues” from the past.

The site was in use at a time when the population of Hull was rapidly expanding, as commercial and industrial activity intensified in the 18th and 19th century.

Interestingly, it has been found that individuals were buried in different sections depending on their wealth, with richer people located further away from the city centre.

Experts at the site, covered by a huge tarpaulin and including three high-tech laboratories, have also discovered 40 children were buried there after the site was closed.

At this stage, it’s not known how or why they came to be there.

In addition to around 9,500 bodies, archaeologists at the site have also unearthed a treasure trove of artefacts, including jewellery, cooking utensils and coins.

One particularly fascinating item, which has been sent away for testing, is a sealed blue bottle marked 'Hull Infirmary', which contains a mysterious brown liquid inside it.

So far, around one-third of all the skeletons recovered from the site are children aged 18 and under.

Highways England are encouraging Hull locals to get in touch, saying that they will pass on any and all information they have about people’s potential ancestors.

It’s thought many of those buried on the site likely have living descendants in the city today.

The government-owned company has described the project as a “unique” opportunity to examine the people of Hull and hopes to create a record that will last forever.

Fran Oliver, assistant project manager, said: “The quest to piece together the history of Hull has been incredible so far, revealing intriguing clues from the past.

“Our archaeologists, carrying out the city’s largest ever archaeological dig, have already found a wealth of information about the lives of society at a time when the population was rapidly expanding, as commercial and industrial activity intensified in the 18th and 19th century.”

Trinity Burial Ground is located on the south side of Castle Street in Hull, which is one of the busiest roads in the city.

Highways England are carrying out the work alongside Oxford Archaeology, Humber Field Archaeology, Hull City Council, Historic England, Humber Archaeology Partnership and Hull Minster.

Later this month site workers are expected to start recording the underground footings of an 18th-century jail which once stood at a corner of the site.

(SWNS | Barnaby Kellaway)



This (footage) shows an enormous 100ft-long blanket of ghoulish caterpillar webs that look like “something from a horror film”.

Bizarre images were captured by nature photographer Mick Hickman, 48, on a rural road near Bawtry, South Yorks., on Wednesday the 2nd of June.

They show an intricate network of thick, white webs clinging to the hedge, which is populated with thousands upon thousands of caterpillars.

It’s thought the pint-sized insects, which are ermine moth caterpillars, formed the huge communal web for protection.

Mick said: “I was driving down the road and this hedgerow caught my eye so I got out to take a closer look.

“It was an absolutely incredible sight, I thought ‘I’ve got to get a picture of that’.

“When you come across something like that it’s amazing, It makes what I do worthwhile.”

He added: “It looks like something from a horror movie like Dracula.”

(SWNS | Barnaby Kellaway)

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