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Transport Minister opens £13m car park

Baroness Kramer and other dignitaries cross some of the 700 spaces at the £13m car park at Bristol Parkway Credit: ITV West

Bristol Parkway Station now has 700 more parking spaces.

The Transport Minister Baroness Kramer officially opened the new car park this morning. It cost £13 million to build.

First Great Western expects Bristol Parkway to become much busier once the Great Western mainline is electrified.

The Transport Minister Baroness Kramer unveils the all-important plaque Credit: ITV West

Baroness Kramer says the investment will pay off in the future.

This is for the long term. This is anticipating there are going to be many more people coming in as we get more trains, faster trains, increase in service quality, and that means that we've got it there now to serve the next generation of users for this station. So it's not just a quick response to a short-term demand

– Baroness Kramer, Transport Minister


New rail depot in Stoke Gifford taking shape

The giant building near Stoke Gifford is taking shape. Credit: ITV News West Country

Work is well underway to build a new rail depot in South Gloucestershire.

From 2016 the site will be used to maintain new inter city trains that will be rolled out along the Great Western Mainline.

It's thought the development could create up to 200 new jobs.

Amazing transformation as Yate man's face is rebuilt

A man who was blinded in one eye and left with hundreds of burn marks after being hit by a firework has had his face rebuilt with pioneering surgery.

Chris Hignell from Yate in South Gloucestershire thought his life was over after the accident but now says it has been tranformed. A warning - you may find some of the pictures distressing in this report from our Health Correspondent, Katie Rowlett.


Garden waste charge labelled 'stealth tax' in South Gloucestershire

A charge for collecting garden waste in South Gloucestershire amounts to a stealth tax and should be scrapped, according to a local MP.

More than a hundred thousand green wheelie bins were originally issued FREE to residents. A council committee voted last September to impose a thirty six pound levy. Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore, says it was not in any party manifesto.

Witnesses sought after car-jacking

Police are looking for witnesses to a car-jacking in South Gloucestershire on Saturday morning on Feltham Road between Pucklechurch and Hinton.

Two men flagged down a motorist and then grabbed his car keys and threatened to steal his car. He was then forced to drive them to Gloucester.

The two suspects are described as two white men, both aged between 25-30 years. One of them is described as having a muscular upper body, with short hair which was wavy and longer on top. He was wearing shorts, no top and Kicker style shoes

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