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QM2 welcomed back into port

Queen Mary 2 will leave Southampton tonight for New York Credit: ITV Meridian

Southampton has welcomed the liner the Queen Mary 2 back into port today after her £90m re-fit.

It's the biggest upgrade in history and has taken 2500 workers 25 days.

She's been re-painted and there are new cabins for people and pets. Exhausts have also been fitted to reduce emissions.

After a day of celebrations - the famous ship will leave Southampton for New York tonight.


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.

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