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Motorcyclist dies after crash with lorry in Powys

The crash happened at around 2pm yesterday. Credit: Google Maps

A man has died after a crash between a lorry and a motorbike yesterday.

The A40 was closed between Llandovery and Sennybridge for several hours after the crash at around 2pm near the village of Llywel, close to Trecastle.

The man riding the motorbike was taken to hospital. Dyfed-Powys Police says he died in hospital last night.

Road closed in Powys after lorry and motorbike crash

The A40 in Powys is closed between Llandovery and Sennybridge. Credit: Google Maps

The A40 in Powys is closed between Llandovery and Sennybridge, after a crash involving a lorry and a motorbike.

Dyfed Powys Police says officers were called to the crash near the village of Llywel, close to Trecastle, at around 2pm. The man riding the motorbike has been taken to hospital. Police say the road is closed both ways and diversions are in place.

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Powys-based firm unveils 'revolutionary' hydrogen car

A company in Llandrindod Wells has created a 'revolutionary' prototype hydrogen car.

Credit: PR News Wire

Riversimple unveiled The Rasa which is a two-seater vehicle and gives the equivalent of '250 miles to the gallon'. The car is said to have the lowest carbon emissions for any vehicle 'well-to-wheel' with water as its only output.

The company it was supported by a £2m grant from the Welsh Government 'to produce a vehicle that will maximise hydrogen as a fuel source and minimise pollution'.

It aims to launch a trial of 20 cars by the end of the year, making them available on the market in 2018.

The Rasa engineering prototype marks another key milestone in bringing an affordable and highly-efficient hydrogen-powered car to market. We really have started from a clean sheet of paper. The Rasa gives us the opportunity to introduce customers to a more convenient concept of motoring, a lightness of ownership that neither places a burden on the pockets of motorists or the surrounding environment. The car is simple, light and fun in every respect."

– Hugo Spowers, Founder of Riversimple Movement Ltd

Campaigners warn communities will 'die' if rural schools close

Campaigners have taken to the steps of the Senedd today, to hand over a petition calling for more money for education across Wales, particularly in rural schools, as they fear potential closures:

It's not just the school that close, the whole community dies when the school goes. Now what we're saying is the Welsh Government in their formula need to take this into account. I know they already do, but clearly not enough because otherwise so many schools wouldn't be being closed.

– Mary Compton, Organiser

Mary Compton, who has organised today's protest to save Powys' schools, believes this is a critical moment for education in rural areas.

She thinks the Welsh Government need to fight for more money from the UK Government, to fund schools.

Campaigners took to the Senedd steps today Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

But the Welsh Government say they're aware of the challenges rural schools face, and funding takes those additional costs into account:

It is important to note that despite UK Government budget cuts, the latest Treasury figures show that education spending per head in Wales is higher than it is in England.

“We have also delivered on our commitment to protect school budgets by 1% above changes to the Welsh block overall, providing an additional £106million for schools over the current Assembly term.

– A Welsh Government spokesperson

Next week, the Government will set out their spending plans for 2016-17, in their Draft Budget. Campaigners hope education spending will be a priority.

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