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Bristol talks aim to prevent another rail strike

Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Further talks will be held in Bristol today in an attempt to avert another First Great Western rail strike.

A three-day stoppage is planned over the Bank Holiday weekend by the RMT union, on top of yesterday's action.

The dispute is over the buffet service and the role of guards on new electric trains being introduced in 2017.

Flood prevention work starts in Malmesbury

In 2012 and 2013 Malmesbury was flooded when the River Avon burst it's banks Credit: ITV News

Work is due to start in Malmesbury today to prevent a repeat of the flooding that hit the Wiltshire town in 2012 and 2013.

A digger will be used to remove silt, debris and vegetation from the River Avon and the base of the old gasometer will be taken down to widen the river.

It's expected to take two weeks.

Air Ambulances start carrying blood supplies

Air Ambulances start carrying blood supplies Credit: ITV News

From today, Great Western Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Air Ambulance will be able to carry blood on their helicopters.

It means that they will now be able to give seriously ill and injured patients emergency blood transfusions.

It's thought it will help up to four patients a month.

"SWASFT's critical care specialist paramedics who work on the air ambulances receive additional training so they can bring even more clinical skills to the most seriously ill and injured patients. Along with critical care doctors, they are able to administer the blood. This new initiative to carry blood for transfusions on the two air ambulances will be of real benefit for patients in the south west."

– Adrian South, SWASFT's deputy clinical director


First Great Western strike goes ahead

First Great Western say they hope to run around 70% of services today Credit: ITV News

First Great Western say they hope to run around 70% of services today despite a strike by members of the RMT union.

The company say worst hit will be long distance trains which pass through Swindon.

Passengers are advised to check before they travel. The long running row is over the introduction of new high speed trains.

The strike will end at midnight.

But this is the first of a series of strikes that will hit millions of passengers over the next nine days.

There is also a three day strike planned at First Great Western for next weekend which could affect many Bank Holiday plans for tourists visiting the region.

Final talks to try to resolve the dispute will be held tomorrow.

Hoax bomb causes disruption to hundreds of passengers at Bristol Airport

Hundreds of passengers are facing longer than expected journeys home after 12 planes were re directed from Bristol airport last night due to a "hoax bomb" threat.

Police were called after a suspicious item was reported on board during a routine aircraft inspection following the arrival at Bristol Airport of Ryanair flight from Alicante.

This flight from Alicante to Bristol (22 Aug) landed normally at Bristol Airport last night. During a routine inspection, a written hoax bomb threat was discovered on the aircraft.

Police carried out a security search and cleared the aircraft to return to service at 08.55 this morning. Ryanair sincerely apologised for any inconvenience caused.

– Ryanair

The 12 re directed flights had to be diverted to Cardiff, Birmingham and Stansted airports.

Bristol airport reopens after security threat

Bristol airport reopens Credit: PA: Ben Birchall

Bristol airport has reopened after police investigated a suspicious package on board a plan.

Police were called after an item was reported on board during a routine aircraft inspection following the arrival at Bristol Airport of Ryanair flight from Alicante just before midnight yesterday (Saturday 22 August).

Passengers were evacuated from the terminal as a precaution and the Airport was temporarily closed to air traffic, reopening just before 6am this morning.

Police were satisfied that the item did not represent a threat.

As a result of this disruption a total of 12 inbound flights diverted to other airports, and arrangements are being made to bring aircraft and passengers back to Bristol.

Some delays to today’s flight schedule can be expected as a result of this incident, but Bristol Airport is working with airlines to minimise disruption to passengers wherever possible. Bristol Airport apologises for the inconvenience caused to passengers but puts safety and security first at all times.

– Bristol Airport Spokesperson
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