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Plans to ease traffic congestion in Bath

Could queues like this one in London Road in Bath become a thing of the past? Credit: ITV News

Plans to ease congestion in Bath have been given early support by the Government.

A new 'park and rail' station in Bathampton - with a large car park - will ease traffic in and out of the east of the city.

Plans also include a road linking the new station to the A36 - bypassing the city.

Mayor backs extension of Make Sunday Special

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson says he wants to see the popular Make Sunday Special scheme extended to other parts of the city. At present part of the city centre is closed to traffic once a month to host entertainment and boost trade

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Is Bristol the worst city in the country for motorists?

Bristol is the worst city in the country for motorists. That's according to the Alliance of British Drivers who've made a video showing what they say are the main problems facing car users.

A recent report found that on average, commuters in Bristol spend 84 hours a year stuck in traffic. And business leaders have told ITV news that the situation is now so bad, it's hitting the city's economy.

One lane closed on M5 after collision between two cars

One lane has been closed on the M5 near the Almondsbury Interchange after an accident.

Two cars were involved in the incident on the Southbound carriageway between Junction 15 and Junction 16 near Aztec West.

Traffic was already slow after a caravan overturned on the same stretch of road.

A lane is also closed further down the M5 towards Portishead because of a vehicle fire.

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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.

Watch out for abnormal load on the M4

The third and last transformer is making its way 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.

  • Saturday - due to leave Membury services 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.

Cyclist taken to hospital after crash on A4 Bath Road

A woman cyclist has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a crash involving a car on the Keynsham bypass near Bristol.

It happened at 3.45pm on the A4 Bath Road at the Broadmead roundabout in Keynsham.

The woman is being treated at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

It's causing long tailbacks as the roundabout is partially blocked.

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