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Abnormal load continues its slow journey to Avonmouth

The third and last transformer is on the last leg of its journey from Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth docks. It is almost 100m long and 5m wide and will take up two lanes of motorways and the entire width of normal roads. It is travelling at an average speed of 4 mph, slower on hills.

  • The load stayed at Tog Hill parking area near Bath overnight
  • This morning it is undergoing safety checks before leaving 8-9 am
  • It will travel to Wick by the A420 (11am) where steel plates will be laid so it can pass over two culverts.
  • It will continue to the A4174. At Bromley Heath roundabout the road will be closed to the M32 junction so the load can travel on the wrong side of the dual carriageway to avoid a weak bridge.
  • At the junction with Bristol Road, the load will return to the correct carriageway and continue onto the M32
  • It will then rejoin the M4 before taking the M5 to Avonmouth.

Abnormal load travelling through the region at 4 mph

Police are warning that an abnormal load is travelling through the region this weekend at an average speed of 4 mph.

It is the third and last transformer to be taken from Didcot Power Station to Avonmouth docks. The load is almost 100m long and 5m wide and will take up two lanes of motorways and the entire width of normal roads.

  • Friday - due to leave Didcot 7pm, travelling to the M4 on the A34, arriving at Membury services 2am Saturday
  • Saturday - due to leave Membury at 10am, leaving the M4 at J18 (Tormarton) for the A46. Arrive Tog Hill car park at 5pm for overnight stop
  • Sunday - Safety checks then leave Tog Hill 8-9 am
  • It will travel to Wick by the A420 (11am) where steel plates will be laid so it can pass over two culverts.
  • It will continue to the A4174. At Bromley Heath roundabout the road will be closed to the M32 junction so the load can travel on the wrong side of the dual carriageway to avoid a weak bridge.
  • At the junction with Bristol Road, the load will return to the correct carriageway and continue onto the M32
  • It will then rejoin the M4 before taking the M5 to Avonmouth.

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Cruise ship due to leave Avonmouth

Cruise ship due to leave Avonmouth Credit: ITV News West Country

A cruise ship detained by port authorities after failing safety checks is due to leave Avonmouth this evening. The MV Discovery was held in Portland last week with more than 600 passengers on board. They've been given refunds.

Inspection found safety issues

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has told us that officials went on board the Discovery at the end of last week as part of a routine inspection, and found a number of issues with 'safety management systems'.

This related to crew familiarisation of the ship and training.

The MCA ordered that the vessel should remain in place until the owners had made a number of improvements.

Disappointment for hundreds of holidaymakers

Seven hundred passengers have been told that their cruise, a two-week trip around Norway, has been suddenly cancelled.

The Discovery was originally scheduled to sail from Avonmouth but, due to tidal restrictions, it was re-routed to Portland in Dorset at the end of last week.

24 coaches transferred all passengers to Portland but the Captain then informed everyone on board that the cruise could not go ahead due to 'technical reasons'.

Passengers will all receive a full refund and £250 compensation per person.

The firm says that Discovery should be ready for its next scheduled departure from Avonmouth on March 15th.

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900 tons of grit coming to Bristol as more snow is forecast

With the possibilty of more snow in the next 24 hours, extra supplies of grit are being shipped into Bristol. Nine hundred tons are due to arrive in Avonmouth from Northern Ireland.

They will replenish supplies used on the city's streets since Friday's snowfall. But the more immediate problem for many is ice, especially on untreated pavements. Richard Payne reports.

New railway station at park & ride

Avonmouth park and ride Credit: ITV West

Portway Park and Ride in Avonmouth could get its own rail station by next autumn. Bristol City Council has already set aside money for the project, which needs final approval from the government

It would provide a link through to Temple Meads. The station would be the first built in Bristol for sixteen years.

Body in bin not being treated as suspicious

Police have formally identified the man whose body was found at a recycling plant in Avonmouth.

22-year-old Garrett Elsey had just arrived in Bristol from Canada to begin a masters degree.

Mystery surrounds exactly what happened after a night out with a friend - but somehow Garrett ended up in a recycling bin.

Police say his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Richard Payne has the latest:

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