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45,000 expected to jet off from Bristol

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.

Busy travel period as school holidays begin

Thousands are expected to head on holiday following the start of the school holidays Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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Busiest ever June for Bristol Airport

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

“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.”

– Shaun Browne, Aviation Director at Bristol Airport

Resurfacing work taking place overnight on M5

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.

– Highways Agency statement

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Lorry upright as recovery work continues on M5

An overturned lorry which forced the closure of the M5 in Somerset is now upright after a recovery operation involving a number of tow trucks,

A number of tow trucks were needed to right the lorry on the M5 Credit: ITV News West Country

3 tow trucks were needed to pull the articulated lorry and another was required to lift it upright. It overturned on the M5 between junctions 24 at Bridgwater and 25 at Taunton on the southbound carriageway just before 3am.

The lorry overturned on the M% just before 3am on Wednesday morning Credit: ITV News West Country
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