The tourism industry in Somerset is still feeling the effects of the flooding in the
Weston's derelict Tropicana swimming pool could be converted into a temporary leisure facility .
Pupils from Malmesbury School in Wiltshire have spent a day at Selfridges in London. Not shopping but having some hands-on science lessons
Customers of Wiltshire firm Hatts Travel, hit by the company going into administration, who paid by credit or debit card they should contact their card providers.
– Andrew Sheridan, Joint administrator
It is deeply regrettable and sad for all concerned that the majority of Hatts operations should have to stop trading. The businesses simply ran out of cash. We are acutely aware of the distress and hardship many holidaymakers and day trippers will be suffering right now particularly as so many of these are of an “older generation”. Our priority right now is to contact and provide dedicated helpline support for those members of the general public who have paid for holidays, day trips and other private hire with Hatts.
Those affected can contact the helpline on 0800 4704633
Wiltshire coach firm Hatts has gone into administration with the immediate loss of 89 jobs and threatening the plans of 1,000 members of public who have made bookings affected.
A Park and Ride bus service Hatts operates in Salisbury will continue to operate safeguarding 32 jobs.
The firm has offices and depots in Foxham near Chippenham, Worton near Devizes and Salisbury.
Helpline number for those people who are affected:0800 4704633
The great holiday getaway is already underway.
Bristol Airport says the total passenger number that will be travelling through Bristol Airport this weekend (Friday to Monday inclusive) will be 90,000.
Up to two million Brits are expected to fly abroad this weekend despite temperatures in the UK remaining high.
Spain is the number one destination in Europe according to travel organisation Abta. Bristol Airport estimates 45,000 will take off from there this weekend.
However the current hot weather has boosted the numbers of people taking last-minute trips in the UK. Businesses in Somerset are hoping the weather helps to attract more people to the region, which is still struggling following the winter flood with some companies seeing a 25% reduction in bookings.
We're being warned to expect one of the busiest weekends of the year on the region's roads, as the school summer holidays begin.
Industry leaders say they've seen a drop in bookings for this season over the last couple of months compared to previous years. Some businesses say trade is down a quarter. But they're hoping sunny summer weather will help boost takings.
Bristol Airport has recorded its busiest ever June with over 646,000 passengers during the course of the month. That's an increase of 3 per cent from last year. The airport say there are a number of reasons for this.
- More than 8,000 people using Aer Lingus Regional’s Dublin service for the first time
- Introduction of a larger aircraft on KLM’s four times daily service between Bristol and Amsterdam. The airline carried nearly 20,000 passengers on the route
- Summer service between Bristol and Stockholm
– Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport
“The strong performance across all airline sectors is particularly encouraging, with business, leisure and inbound traffic all contributing to June’s record passenger numbers. New facilities are in place to ensure we maintain service levels as passenger numbers continue to grow, and we are already focusing on further improvements we can bring to the route network from Bristol.”
– Highways Agency statement
One lane of the M5 southbound between J24-25 has now re-opened following an incident earlier this morning involving three HGVs. Continuing traffic delays are reported while work takes place to re-open lane 2.
A fully signed diversion is in place along the A38 from Junction 24. Drivers are advised to make sure they have sufficient water in their cars and are reminded not to park on the hard shoulder so emergency vehicles can maintain access to the site.
Lane one and the hard shoulder will remain closed overnight to allow emergency resurfacing to take place.
2 lanes remain closed on #M5 s/b J24 - J25, due to an accident. Long delays. There's also a broken down HGV closing lane 1 s/b J23 - 24.