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Huddersfield Town away at SwanseaHuddersfield Town have the chance this weekend to build on their much-needed Wednesday night 1-2 win at Sunderland. The Terriers are away in south Wales at Swansea this Saturday (December 2, 3pm).
Town remained in 21st place after their midweek game, but the three points mean they are now just one point behind Swansea — 18th in the Championship before this game.
On Wednesday night, Michal Helik was first to score with a goal after 28 minutes. Sunderland, who seemed to have the ball for much of the game, managed to equalise by half-time, but Town got ahead once more when Delano Burgzorg scored in the 67th minute in the second half.
It was a welcome result for Town fans as the Terriers had been struggling with lost and drawn games for several weeks, most recently last Saturday’s home 1-1 draw against Southampton.
Strikes set to disrupt early December train travel
Details of strike days affecting other companies operating in Yorkshire can be found at
Big changes in new train timetables in December
While the new timetable provides fewer off-peak trains between Huddersfield and Leeds, it puts a big emphasis on commuter travel and, if operated reliably, should bring a higher frequency of service at local stations during morning and afternoon peaks and new routes offering more direct journey opportunities. It sees a restoration of a train link between Huddersfield, Wakefield and Castleford as part of a new Manchester-York via Wakefield service.
Northern services on the Huddersfield - Bradford and Huddersfield - Sheffield routes are mostly unchanged in the new timetables, but there is the loss of the present additional evening peak-time service on the Penistone Line towards Sheffield. The usual hourly train continues.
The new timetables have also been set to take account of expected disruptions due to the Trans-Pennine Upgrade which continues along the line, including work taking place at Huddersfield. The Northern timetable includes weekend changes expected between mid-February and mid-March when another phase of Trans-Pennine Upgrade line closures is expected in the Huddersfield area.
Here are more details of the TPE timetable changes:
This report covers general patterns of service with a focus on weekday operations. Exceptions to the general pattern occur in the timetable with additional stops and timetable variations, particularly at peak hours. Services are also frequently varied due to engineering work on this line. Passengers are strongly advised to check journey planners for travel details at their time of travel.
For more information on the Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade see the
Trans-Pennine Route Upgrade website.
Journeys can be checked with operators and on the
National Rail journey planner.
Huddersfield area to benefit from latest allocation from Government's Levelling-up Fund
The money will be spread across 55 projects which have been provisionally selected by the Government. The Levelling-Up projects are in places across Britain, outside London, from Torbay in the south of England, across Wales and the North of England to Moray in the north of Scotland.
Among the projects is the Huddersfield Open Market Regeneration Project which is set to receive just under £16.65m.
There will also be £47.9m for an upgrade of the Penistone Line. The upgrade aims to help reliability of rail travel between Sheffield and Huddersfield. The funding will also help provide enhanced station facilities such as electric vehicle charging points, car clubs, cycle hire and parcel delivery lockers.
Making the announcement, Levelling up Secretary Michael Gove said: "Levelling up means delivering local people’s priorities and bringing transformational change in communities that have, for too long, been overlooked and undervalued."
• Meanwhile, the Government also announced on the same day that West Yorkshire would be the third of its 'Investment Zones' — one of 12 to eventually be rolled out across the UK. The West Yorkshire Life Sciences Investment Zone will be based around universities in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield and a cluster of life sciences businesses. The zone could unlock over £220 million of investment over five years, supported by Government funding and tax reliefs.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt, visiting Huddersfield business Paxman Coolers Ltd to make the announcement, was also confirming the Investment Zones programme in England would be extended from five to 10 years.
The Government announced its first Investment Zone in South Yorkshire back in July with the news that investors, developers and start-ups would be offered support and financial help to start, scale up and relocate businesses there. The first investment announced was a £80m-plus research project led by USA aircraft giant Boeing into manufacturing lightweight structures for aeroplanes.
Huddersfield station listed among best in World
It is one of very few stations in England to have a Grade One listing on the national heritage list.
Now it has been listed among the 15 Most Spectacular Stations — in the World!
The judgement was made in a report by the global magazine
Huddersfield station was once described as having the most splendid station facade in England by the late poet John Betjeman (later Sir John and poet laureate) whose notable achievements also included helping to save St Pancras Station in London.
New building under way at former infirmary and college site
The main frontage and grand entrance of the late-Georgian infirmary building is among parts that should be retained as part of a residential and office complex which also involves new buildings. The hospital had a number of Victorian extensions and a later extension in the 1930s. Some of these extensions have been lost in the site clearance for the new development. The hospital had casualty and outpatient entrances at the rear of the building in Portland Street.
The hospital building first opened in 1831, built with money from public subscriptions. Both the old Infirmary building and the early 20th century statue of King Edward VII outside are listed on the National Heritage List.
More modern blocks, which were created for the college, have also been demolished on the site at the corner of Trinity Street and Castlegate, where construction work is now under way on a new Lidl supermarket .
Work progressing on New Street improvements
Repaving of the street has gradually progressed from the end of the street nearest to Ramsden Street and the Town Hall and is now nearing King Street and Cloth Hall Street.
The vertical planters, grouped to one side of New Street near the Cloth Hall Street end, are sculptured artworks which close inspection will reveal to be individually themed.
Plans for the street also show seating and the abilty for some cafe premises to extend on to the pavement.
There could still be many weeks of upheaval before the work is complete with work apparently being targeted outside the main shopping hours.
New landmark health building takes shape
The new campus aims to lead healthcare innovation across the North of England and will feature a health and wellbeing academy, research and specialist clinical teaching facilities and public-facing features including a podiatry clinic, sports and phisiotherapy clinic and health coaching by video link.
The site has been vacant since the demolition of Ibbotson and Lonsbrough Flats and the former Huddersfield Sports Centre while an earlier plan for a new Tesco store on the site was abandoned.
Survey puts Kirklees among best places in UK to retire
Which? surveyed over 1,000 of its members in May and Kirklees was picked as the best place to retire across the Yorkshire region.
The most important factors used to determine the best places to retire included, healthcare access, green space and the proximity of local leisure activities. Low levels of violent crime, lower than average house prices and good general health, happiness and wellbeing also played a part.
Raising the roof on Kingsgate Leisure
The part of Kingsgate nearest to Zetland Street is surrounded in scaffolding and the car park entrance there is currently closed. Car access at present is via the entrance in Venn Street.
Once complete The Light will bring to Kingsgate a £250m cinema and leisure complex. This is planned to include an eight-screen cinema, bowling, a games arcade, climbing centre, interactive darts, karaoke and fast food bars.
Repair and restoration work at Huddersfield Town Hall
The work, which will go on until January 2024, will involve replacing sections of the Town Hall roof, continuing the work which replaced much of the roof in 2016.
The Town Hall will remain open throughout the work but there will be reduced parking spaces and some pavement closures around the building during the work.
The older part of the Town Hall, including the Council Chamber and Mayor's Office, was completed in 1876 with the Concert Hall end of the building added between 1878 and 1881.
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