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Cyclists promised traffic free riding in Southampton

Credit: British Cycling

Cyclists in Southampton will have the chance to ride on traffic free streets on Sunday as the Sky Rides return to the city.

Since 2010 more than 70,000 riders have taken part. The event begins at 11am and finishes at 3pm.

Sky Rides offer cyclists of all ages and abilities the chance to ride safely together on a traffic-free route.

In 2016 Sky Ride will be celebrating its one-millionth Sky Rider across all events in the series.

Credit: British Cycling

Refurbished Queen Mary 2 to sail back into Southampton

Southampton liner Queen Mary 2 is undergoing the biggest and most expensive ever refurbishment of a passenger ship.

Tens of millions of pounds is being spent on the liner launched by the Queen in the city 12 years ago. She's in Hamburg for almost a month to allow for the upgrade and will return to major celebrations in the port later in the month when thousands are expected to line the banks of the Solent.

Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse is in Germany to look at how work is progressing and how they plan to compete it on time.

He spoke to Angus Struthers of Cunard and Capt Kevin Oprey, Master of the ship.


Mary Poppins: we go behind the scenes

The much loved musical Mary Poppins opened at one of the South's major theatres last week. But just getting the spectacular show on stage every night involves slick precision planning and a huge backstage cast that outnumber the performers at least three to one.

So how does such a complex show including dozens of chimney sweeps, a flying nanny and more than a sprinkling of magic manage to go without a hitch? Christine Alsford went behind the scenes to find out.

Koeman set to become Everton manager

Koeman appears to be on his way to Everton Credit: PA

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is expected to complete his move to Everton over the next 24 hours.

ITV Meridian understand Saints are to receive around £5 million in compensation. It's being reported the Dutchman will receive £6 million a year at the Merseyside club.

Southampton have drawn up their own shortlist - with Bournemouth's Eddie Howe among those mentioned.

Actress plans to raise £2m for Southampton hospital

She's starred in some great British TV dramas including Cutting it, Peak Practice, Mistresses and she'll be in Broadchurch 3 - when it returns to ITV next year.

But the actress Sarah Parish - when not on the stage or our screens - spends much of her time supporting a charity close to her heart.

In 2009, her daughter Ella Jayne sadly died of a rare heart defect at Southampton General Hospital - she was just eight months old.

Sarah and her husband set up a Trust which is now helping to raise £2m to build a new children's emergency and trauma department in Southampton.

Kerry Swain talked to Kimberley Malone; Jason Barling, Children's Emergency Department Consultant; and Tabytha Greenhalgh, mother.


Drivers face £60 fine for using bus lanes

Motorists will face a £60 fine if they drive in bus lanes Credit: ITV

Cameras, operating 24 hours a day, are to be installed in bus lanes in Southampton.

Drivers who use the lane illegally will face a £60 fine. The council wants to improve traffic flow, and says the cameras will change drivers' behaviour. Income from the cameras will go towards improving roads and transport.

Thousands of motorists are being unfairly fined because of "entrapment" cameras on poorly designed bus lanes, the AA has said.

They bring in millions of pounds a year for local authorities, with one junction generating more than £6 million in fines over the past few years.

According to the AA, complaints about camera enforcement of bus lanes are overtaking parking tickets as the major cause of complaints from drivers.

The stage is set for a weekend of live music

Duran Duran and Craig David are headlining the Common People music festival in Southampton this weekend. Katy B is also appearing. Organisers are holding a simultaneous event in Oxford at the same time.

The stage is set for the Common People festival Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of revellers are expected on Southampton Common as singers take to the stage for the Bank Holiday weekend.

Revellers arrive for festival Credit: ITV Meridian
World's biggest bouncy castle Credit: Common People

The world's biggest bouncy castle will make its debut in Southampton this weekend.

The castle, measuring 23.8 metres long, 20.7 metres wide and standing 12.8 metres tall, will appear at the Common People festival.

It can accommodate 100 people and is filled with 1143 cubic metres of air.

Queen Mary celebrates 80 years since maiden voyage

The RMS Queen Mary is celebrating 80 years to the day since its maiden voyage from Southampton, to Cherbourg and then onto New York in 1936.

RMS Queen Mary was used as a liner from 1936 to 1967 Credit: PA

The cruise ship was built in the UK in the 1930s to carry passengers from Southampton to New York. But when World War II broke out, it became a transport ship for thousands of troops. It was also used as Sir Winston Churchill's headquarters at sea.

Since its shut down in 1967, the ship has been docked in Long Beach, California, where it is used as a museum, hotel and convention centre.

Several celebratory events are scheduled in Long Beach, including an anniversary dinner, a Sir Winston Churchill painting exhibition and a fireworks display.

Organisers say the events will acknowledge the legacy the Queen Mary made during war and non-wartime.

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