Car-free Sundays in Bristol explained

Some streets in Bristol will be traffic free today as part of an experiment that could see cars banned on a regular basis next year.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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