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Travel: Lane closure on M5

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There's queueing traffic and a lane has been blocked on the entry slip road due to accident.

A single vehicle has ended up on its side after being involved in an accident on the M5 Northbound at Junction 19, A369 (Portishead) - leaving traffic queuing on the road.

Congestion is also building on the A369, The Portbury Hundred to Station Road.


Four magistrates courts to close in months

The Government's announced that it's closing a series of court buildings around the West as part of a modernisation programme aimed at reducing under-used facilities. It comes despite strong local oppositiion which only succeeded in saving one of the threatened courts, in Bath.

Magistrates' courts at Chippenham, Stroud, Gloucester and Yate will be shut over the next few months, as will a tribunal building in Cheltenham. It's not clear how many jobs are affected, but for witnesses and defendants in those areas there will clearly be longer journeys to attend hearings.

The inclusion of Chippenham on the list is perhaps a surprise, since it is only 25 years old and was purpose built to meet high security standards. But it is only used 40% of the time and costs half a million pounds a year to run. We spoke to MP for Chippenham Michelle Donelan.

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