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The 'most environmentally-friendly plane ever' arrives in the UK

Credit: Airbus

The 'most environmentally-friendly plane ever' has flown into the UK for the first time.

The Airbus A350

The Airbus A350 burns less fuel and makes less noise than regular planes because it's much lighter and made of carbon fibre.

It was partly designed at the Airbus plant at Filton and with 800 on order is a major seal of approval for local designers.

So in Filton, if you spent months and years as the folks there have over computer screens, 3D digital designing the wing - the great satisfaction just to see that wing physically come together onto a real aeroplane and to see that aeroplane flying and to see how beautifully it flies.

– A*wwcmoscg [A] GMB Name Strap ALAN PARDOE, Airbus UK

Key route into Bath reopens today, ahead of schedule

A bridge in Bath will reopen today after seven months of repairs- a week ahead of schedule.

£1m
spent restoring the historic structure
150 tonnes of grit was used to blast the metal surfaces and 1,800 litres of paint used Credit: ITV News

The steel lattice girder bridge dates back to 1905 and forms part of a key route into the city - supporting the B3118 Midland Bridge Road link from the Lower Bristol Road to the Pinesway gyratory into Bath city centre at Green Park.

Repairs mean it should be safe for years.

One of our administration's top priorities is to improve local transport - making it easier for residents, businesses and visitors to get around our area.

– Councillor Tim Warren

RAF Sea Kings will fly from Chivenor base for one more week

Search and Rescue helicopters have been saving lives from their base at Chivenor for 60 years Credit: ITV News

Our reporter Seth Conway is spending the day with Search and Rescue helicopters in Chivenor and has some breaking news.

The RAF Sea Kings from twenty two Squadron were due to stop running today but ITV has learned they'll continue to operate for another week before the service is handed over to a private company.

It's a slight reprieve but it's still a sad moment for the community.

More on ITV West Country tonight at 6pm.

Statement Chivenor will continue to provide full helicopter search and rescue capability for a further period of around one week at the request of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who asked for this continuance.

The option to provide a continuance of service has been part of the UK SAR Transition Planning programme for all of the 6 RAF SAR flights in the UK and this request will neither affect the level of SAR service across the region served by Chivenor, nor in any impede the future careers of RAF personnel serving at Chivenor.

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