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Supermarket trolley thrown off bridge

Police are appealing for witnesses after a trolley was thrown onto the M4 motorway between junctions 18 and 19 early this morning.

It was on the eastbound carriageway near the Pucklechurch Road overbridge on the B4465 Westerleigh Road.

Two vehicles hit it and were damaged.

This constitutes a serious risk to life and anyone who has information or has seen anything that may be linked is urged to contact police

– PC Mark Lambert, Traffic officer

Wiltshire foots the larges bill for potholes

Potholes cost Wiltshire £120,000 last year Credit: ITV West

According to the RAC, £190,000 was paid out in compensation for damage caused by potholes in the West Country last year.

They say over five hundred motorists made successful claims.

Wiltshire saw the biggest number with 433 claimants, costing the authority more than a £120,000.

We'd like to see more money being put into the road network by central government. This is a vital part of our infrastructure and we need to look after it. After the war there were two million cars on the road, now there are nine million cars. Road capacity hasn't increased anything like that. We need to recognise how busy our roads are and we need to fund them properly.

– Philip Gomm, RAC Spokesperson


Winter roads warning

Drivers are being urged to make sure they are prepared for the winter. The Highways Agency wants everyone to have things like a blanket and thermos flask in their car, as well as making sure tyres are in a good condition.

Meanwhile councils in the region say they are well prepared for the winter, with most reporting an increase in their grit and salt supplies

gritter Credit: ITV News West Country

Fixers conference on road safety

Every two days a young person dies, or is seriously injured, in an accident on the region's roads. Now, a group of young people - including some from our region - have been at a conference to tackle the issue

As part of the FIXERS project that gives young people a voice, they want to influence a forthcoming government Green Paper on young drivers.


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