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£8m bid to secure iconic bridge

The bridge in 1968. Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

Newport City Council is backing a bid to secure the future of the city’s iconic Transporter Bridge. The council plans to bid for £8m of Heritage Lottery funding to fund a long term programme of improvements, maintenance and repairs.

It says the friends of Newport Transporter Bridge are backing the council’s plans and have been involved in discussions on how the project can progress.

The funding is needed to carry out essential on-going repairs to the bridge, improve the gondola which dates back to 1906, and to create a bigger and better visitor centre which will include improved visitor facilities at the site.

We have agreed to apply for this funding to help us improve the visitor experience around the Transporter Bridge and are hoping to involve the local community in helping us secure funds so the bridge will be here for future generations to enjoy. We have this iconic structure on our doorstep and many of us take it for granted but we need to get on with this programme of regeneration and expansion. We have had talks with the Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge who are keen to back us in our bid.

– Councillor Debbie Harvey, Newport Council

Seven mile tailback on M4 at Newport

Seven mile tailback on M4 at newport due to accident. Credit: Traffic Wales

Two lanes are closed on the M4 Westbound at Newport and traffic is queueing for seven miles due to an accident involving two vehicles at J28 A48 / A467 Forge Road (Tredegar Park), congestion to J24 A48 / A449 (Coldra). Travel time is around 40 minutes.

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Trains delayed as tracks 'too hot' in March sunshine

Trains were delayed today because tracks were too hot in the March sunshine.

The commuter route on the Welsh coast reported "high rail temperatures" on the lines - and trains were ordered to slow down.

Network Rail reported that "track monitoring equipment" has indicated high rail temperatures between Talacre and Mostyn in north Wales .

This means an emergency speed limit of 20mph has been imposed by Network Rail for approximately one mile between Prestatyn and Flint.

According to the Met Office, the temperature at Talacre hit 14 degrees.

I've heard some mad excuses but never that it is too hot in Wales in March. But at least we can sit in the sunshine while we are waiting for the train to arrive!

– Megan Morgan, Commuter

Trains were delayed for up to 20 minutes but commuters advised it would get back to normal when the sun dropped.

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