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AA advises people to stagger holiday and travel plans

Roads are expected to be busier than normal today. Credit: ITV West Country

Roads are expected to be busier than normal today as thousands of people head to the West Country for the weekend.

Some schools have already broken up but more break up today for the summer holidays.

The AA is advising people to stagger their holidays and travel plans to avoid disruptions on their journey.

TRAVEL: Major problems on M5 and A429 in Glos

The entry slip road on the M5 northbound is closed due to a lorry fire earlier today. That's at junction 11a for the A417 and Gloucester.

Diversion Traffic is being diverted via the Gloucester bypass toward the Elmbridge Court roundabout and the Golden Valley toward J11.

And the A429 is closed both ways at Northleach due to a serious accident at 1.30am between A40 and A435 Grove Lane / London Road.

Police say the closure will in place for most of the day.

Diversion Traffic is being diverted along the A417 toward the Air Balloon roundabout, the A436 via Seven Springs to re-join the A40 at Andoversford.


Mothers anger at drivers 'irresponsible' towing

The image which was posted on social media by Gloucester Road Police. Credit: Gloucester Road Police

The mother of a three-year-old boy who was killed by a runaway trailer has expressed her anger after reading about a motorist in Gloucester who was towing illegally.

Donna Hussey was responding to an story on the ITV West Country Facebook page about a driver who has been stopped by police for towing a van, strapped inside the boot of a car.

She said she was "absolutely disgusted" that the man wasn't arrested and expressed outrage saying "how anyone can be this irresponsible is beggars belief".

Absolutely disgusting. I am so angry and not even arrested. My 3 year old son Freddie was killed by a run away trailer that was not secured correctly in Bristol in January 2014. How any can be this irresponsible beggars belief. Innocent people should not be put at risk by these idiots and families suffer the heartache we have.

– Donna Hussey
Freddie Hussey was killed by a runaway trailer last January. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Freddie and his mother were walking home on the pavement in Bedminster, when he was crushed by a runaway trailer, which detached from a passing Land Rover and mounted the kerb.

His parents say sentences should be tougher and they now want a change in the law to improve trailer safety.

M5 in Gloucestershire re-opens after accident

The overturned lorry on the M5 in Gloucestershire Credit: Highways England

The M5 northbound in Gloucestershire has re-opened after a lorry overturned. It happened between J14 (Thornbury) and J13(Stroud) shortly before 1.30am, damaging the road surface and the central reservation.

Lane 3 of the southbound carriageway was also closed for safety reasons but also cleared just before 5am.

Concorde to get a roof over its head

Concorde making its final touch down at Filton - where it is to be housed permanently Credit: PA

Concorde is to get a permanent home. South Gloucestershire council has granted planning permission for an aerospace museum at the former Filton airfield, near where the iconic jet was made - and made its final touch down in 2003.

World War I hangars are to be refurbished to provide an indoor exhibition for the supersonic aircraft. They will also house the Bristol Aero Collection - the trust has been awarded a £4.7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the project.

Finding a permanent home for Concorde at its birthplace in Filton is fantastic news for the people of South Gloucestershire and for the iconic aircraft which will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Once up and running, the museum is set to become one of the most popular visitors’ attractions in the West, bringing many economic benefits to the region while celebrating the history of the aerospace industry past, present and future.

– Cllr Matthew Riddle, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council


Bus evacuated in Bristol as fire breaks out

The bus was severely damaged in the fire Credit: ITV West Country

These were the dramatic scenes when a bus caught fire on the busy Bath Road in Bristol this morning. Around 15 passengers were on the 349 Abus service from Keynsham when they noticed a smell of smoke from the engine.

The fire caused serious traffic congestion on the A4 Bath Road Credit: ITV West Country

The driver halted the bus outside Paintworks and the passengers left safely before the engine caught fire. The vehicle was seriously damaged. The fire at around 10am led to serious traffic congestion in the area.

Oil tanker crash brings traffic chaos around Bath

There's traffic chaos around Bath after an oil tanker overturned on the Globe Roundabout at Newton St Loe. A council refuse truck and other vehicles are thought to be involved.

The A4 dual carriageway heading to Saltford is closed between the Twerton fork and the Globe roundabout. It's likely to remain shut for some time while the road is cleared. The A4 dual carriageway heading into Bath is being used for two-way traffic.

Trains disrupted on Swindon line just before rail strike starts

Trains are currently disrupted between Bath Spa and Swindon, due to problems near Chippenham. Passengers are able to use their tickets on buses 55, 231 and 234.

48-hour rail strike due to start tonight

The rail strike is due to start this evening from 6.30pm. Credit: ITV News

If you're travelling with First Great Western later today you should check before you travel.

RMT union members begin striking from 6.30pm this evening, marking the start of a 48-hour walk-out. The worst disruption is expected from Thursday morning.

The strike's been sparked by concerns about job losses, safety and buffet services when the company rolls out the new Hitachi Inter-City trains in 2017.

The union say First Great Western have failed to provide "very basic assurances", while First Great Western say they have tried to address the concerns and that they are "determined to continue talking to the RMT".

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