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ON time and ON Budget- Bournemouth Spur road re-opens in time for holiday

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So it IS possible- a major infrastructure project in Dorset has finished ON time and ON budget.

The A338 Bournemouth Spur Road will fully reopen overnight following a nine month rebuild.

Twenty two million pounds has been spent on the improvements - which caused huge delays at peak times for miles around, as Martin Dowse reports

Martin spoke to Mike Harries from Dorset County Council and Lorna Carver from the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.

Bank Holiday Meridian Weather- scorcher or wash out?

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Credit: PA

Is it going to be a scorcher or a wash out this Bank Holiday weekend?

Well, something in between probably, with a mix of sunshine and showers for most of us.

The Thames Valley region is expected to get the worst of it, with a weather warning issued for this evening because of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Warning from the Met Office:

Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms will develop and continue through the evening in places, so be aware of the potential for localised surface water flooding.

Simon has your full details:


Dry with variable cloud, clear spells and some mist and fog patches forming. An occasional heavy shower is possible. Light northeast winds persisting. Minimum Temperature 10 °C.


Dry for many with sunny spells developing, although some sharp showers are possible. Becoming warm in most areas with light northeast winds inland. Cooling winds near Kent coasts. Maximum Temperature 21 °C.


VIDEO: Special report on the Battle of Jutland - a century on

A century ago thousands of men were preparing to take part in one of the biggest battles of the first world war.

But it wasn't fought on the Western Front - it took place at sea.

Many historians say the Royal Navy's victory at the Battle of Jutland in the North Sea off Denmark secured Britain's eventual victory in the war itself.

Next Tuesday - the 100th anniversary of the battle - ceremonies will take place across the country to remember those who died and we'll be talking to the relatives of some of them.

Richard Jones reports on three ships which survived the battle - one is still afloat, the others have just been discovered on the seabed.

Richard spoke to Dr Julian Whitewright from the Maritime Archaeology Trust and Nick Hewitt from the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Aerial shots are from the Maritime Archaeology Trust, and the painting is reproduced with permission of Mike Greaves, ASGFA.


BREAKING: Reading FC sack Brian McDermott

He's gone- McDermott's been 'relieved of his duties' Credit: PA

BREAKING: Reading football club has just announced it has parted company with manager Brian McDermott. In the last few minutes its published a statement on the club website saying it was a 'difficult' decision.

More to follow.

After careful consideration, the board of Reading Football Club have taken the difficult decision to relieve Manager Brian McDermott of his duties.

We would like to sincerely thank Brian for all his hard work since his return to the club in December 2015 and wish him well in his future career.

The board of Reading Football Club will now undertake a rigorous recruitment process over the next few weeks to identify the right man to lead this club forward and into the 2016-17 season. The club will make a further announcement to our supporters in due course

– Reading FC website
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