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New £50m car terminal opens in Southampton

Southampton is already the country's busiest port and now it is getting even busier with the opening of a new car terminal.

The £50 million project will allow even more cars built in Oxford and Swindon to be exported around the world.

Richard Slee reports.

Richard spoke to Michael Rye, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Terminals, Alistair Welch, Director of the Port of Southampton and Rt Hon Greg Hands MP, Trade Minister.

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Traffic fears over new Westgate shopping centre

People are being urged to use public transport to visit the new Westgate shopping centre Credit: ITV Meridian

Visitors to the new Westgate Centre in Oxford which opens today are being urged to use public transport to help reduce traffic in the city centre.

There are fears the roads could be brought to a standstill as shoppers flock to the area.

Improvements to bus services have been made to help minimise disruption.

ITV Meridian spoke to Phil Southall from Oxford Bus Company.

Countdown to Westgate Oxford opening

Oxford's Westgate shopping centre opens to the public on Tuesday, though it's a long way from being completed.

Contractors are working flat out to get the £420 million centre ready for its official opening on Tuesday.

Only 60 of the 125 units will be ready and trading this week, with that number rising to 90 by Christmas.

Artist's impression of the Westgate Centre Credit: Oxford City Council

Below is the Westgate's promotional video of what's in store:

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Work on the huge project began two years ago, and will continue down to the wire.

The site will be home to more than a hundred shops, restaurants and a cinema and will bring three thousand jobs to the area.

Workers have been laying paving outside the Bonn Square facade this weekend.

The project began two years ago

The centre will open to the public 9.30am on Tuesday and Primark and John Lewis will cut their ribbons at 10am.

For more information about opening times and stores, click here

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Cocaine and heroin dealer jailed for three years

Liam Bayat, aged 30, appeared at Oxford Crown Court on Friday Credit: Thames Valley Police

An Oxford man has been jailed for three years for drugs offences.

Liam Bayat - who's 30 - pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Bayat was arrested at around 12.45pm on 13th July this year when police stopped and searched his car in St Helens Court, Abingdon.

He was found with 3 wraps of heroin and while in custody, police discovered a further 25 wraps of cocaine and heroin on his body.

Iconic music venue in Oxford set to close

It's an iconic venue which has delighted thousands of music fans for decades. But now The Cellar club in Oxford, renowned for helping to launch scores of successful musical careers, is set to close. The owners, St Michael's and All Saints' Charities, say financial pressures means that more money has to be generated from the site. But managers at the legendary venue say they won't be going without a fight. Cary Johnston reports.

Residents complain about road noise

Residents are asking for sound barriers Credit: PA

A campaign for measures to prevent noise pollution from the A34 in north Oxford has been taken to Parliament.

Residents in Wolvercote have complained about high levels of noise and disturbance from the A34 throughout the day and night, which can be exacerbated by the direction of the wind.

Over 700 local people signed a petition in 2015 urging the city and county councils to give their backing to plans for sound barriers.

Man in court after cars set alight along Oxford street

A man has appeared in court in Oxford charged with arson after a number of cars in some of the city's most exclusive areas were set alight.

Cars were targeted in Summertown in the early hours of yesterday, luckily no-one was hurt.

Mary Stanley reports from Oxford Magistrates Court.

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