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Long delays on M5 northbound between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol

Credit: Highways England

Drivers on the M5 northbound between Weston-super-Mare and Bristol are facing long delays as emergency repairs are take place between j20 (Clevedon) and j19 (Portishead).

Three lanes are currently closed, with traffic passing the scene in the remaining lane.

Highways England says traffic is queuing for around six miles.

Police are advising motorists to take a different route or plan.

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Survey finds more people support lower speed limits

A survey found 70% of adults support a 20mph speed limit on busy streets. Credit: ITV West Country

A survey analysed by professors at the University of the West of England has found that 70% of adults support an introduction of a 20 mile per hour speed limit on busy streets.

Although experts warn the speed limits will only become effective once they are properly enforced.

The main reasons for people supporting a change include road safety and child safety, as well as creating a more pleasant environment to live in.

Fault delays launch of new Great Western Railway train

93 new Intercity Express Trains are planned to replace GWR's existing services. Credit: Jack Gordon

The first of Great Western Railway's (GWR) new high speed trains failed to run on time this morning due to a train fault.

The Hitachi train was meant to carry passengers from Bristol to London Paddington this morning at 6am, but left 26 minutes late.

Our reporter on scene was told staff had difficulty coupling the carriages.

93 new Intercity Express Trains are expected to replace GWR's existing services by the end of 2019.

The upgrade project was reported to have been delayed and over-budget, but the new trains are expected to ease overcrowding.

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Exeter Coach strike suspended after union members offered new deal

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Hundreds of bus workers in Devon are set to suspend upcoming strike action after management tabled new pay proposals.

The strike action was due to start on Friday 13th October, Tuesday 17th October and Monday 30th October 2017 but has been suspended.

The RMT union has instructed its members to work as normal on those days.

After careful consideration and noting this development, the union’s National Executive Committee has decided to suspend the planned industrial action. The union will now conduct a referendum on the new proposals in the coming days.

This shows yet again what can be achieved when trade union members stand together. It is a tribute to our members that the union has been able to make Stagecoach South West come back to the table with an improved offer.

– Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary
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