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Residents campaign to reopen Ashton Gate station

Residents campaign for a new station Credit: ITV West Country

Residents and local businesses have launched a campaign for a new train station at Ashton Gate in Bristol.

Today campaigners stood at the site where they want the station to be placed after the old station was closed in 1964. The Department for Transport has already provided funding to reopen stations at Portishead and Pill in four years time but residents and business leaders say Ashton Gate should be reopened too.

Wiltshire Tesco closes after more than 30 years

The Tesco Metro store in Devizes closes this evening Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive/

A Tesco store in Wiltshire is to close its doors for the last time this evening with the loss of more than 60 jobs. The Tesco Metro in Devizes has been serving the town for 36 years.

In January Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis announced that the company was to close 43 stores nationally because they weren't making enough money.

The Devizes Chamber of Commerce has described the closure as a huge blow to the local economy.


New Honda car made in Swindon will be exported to North America

New Honda car made in Swindon will be exported to North America Credit: Honda

Honda Civics made at the Swindon Honda Plant will be exported to the USA.

It comes just a day after the announcement Honda UK said it will secure thousands of jobs at the Wiltshire site by investing £200million in car production.

This significant announcement demonstrates the opportunity available to the Swindon operation and reinforces the quality and reliability of the product coming from our UK facility.

– Philip Crossman, managing director of Honda UK

Honda investment secures thousands of jobs in Swindon

Honda employs over 3,000 people in Swindon. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Honda is investing over £200 million in a new Civic model - which will be made at the car manufacturer's plant in Swindon.

Over 3,000 people are employed at the factory, which will produce an estimated 120,000 cars a year.

The investment will secure thousands of jobs at the Swindon plant, which saw hundreds of job losses last year.


Businesses leaving Clifton due to new parking scheme

Residents parking in Clifton Credit: ITV Westcountry

A survey has revealed nearly 85% of business owners are against Bristol's latest residents' parking zone which comes into effect on Monday.

Around a third of respondents also said the Clifton Village scheme has already led them to quit the area or was likely to.

Spencer Buck, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Taxi Studio, will be moving his 30 employees out of Clifton before the summer.

But Mayor George Ferguson, who is responsible for implementing the schemes across Bristol, today insisted feedback from other areas has been positive.

It damages us enormously. I'm deeply worried about the future of Clifton Village.

It's a micro-economy and it operates on a delicate basis. The scheme isn't right and I fear for the success of the business owners.

I think the area will degenerate. If people can't come in and park they will go elsewhere.

– Spencer Buck, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Taxi Studio

I acknowledge that change is challenging but recognise that the schemes require some people to change their travelling habits and will never be the perfect solution for everyone.

– George Ferguson, Bristol Mayor

The issue is set for a stormy debate at Bristol City Council next Tuesday when campaigners will challenge the legality of the entire idea.

Bristol robotics firm gets international recognition

A firm grip - one of the robotic hands being developed in Bristol Credit: ITV News

A Bristol start-up has been named one of the top 50 robotics companies to watch this year.

Open Bionics - based at Bristol Robotics Laboratory - has been ranked amongst Dyson, Google and Panasonic for its ground breaking work to create 3D-printed robotic prosthetic hands.

Open Bionics was chosen for the international list by the Robotics Business Review.

Gloucestershire inn wins Pub of the Year

The Salutation Inn or "Sally" has won the title of Pub of the Year Credit: ITV News

A former business analyst who quit his job in London to follow his love of beer says he is "thrilled" his freehouse has been named Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Peter Tiley, 31, had never been behind a bar when he pulled his first pint at The Salutation Inn, known as the Sally, in the small village of Ham, Gloucestershire, two years ago.

Peter Tiley had never pulled a pint before taking on the Salvation Inn two years ago Credit: ITV News

Mr Tiley said the pub was a result of hard work by him and wife Claire, 32, a passionate local community and nine staff.

We feel incredibly lucky and we're very grateful to all the people who have made this pub such a good pub - it's not just us.

Everyone has contributed towards this pub in making it something very special - the locals, the staff, everyone has.

We don't do coffees, but we do really, really good beer. We aren't a coffee house, we are a pub.

– Peter Tiley, Landlord
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