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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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Bloodhound to be unveiled to the nation

The Bloodhound will be unveiled in London today Credit: Flock London

The supersonic car known as the Bloodhound will be unveiled today.

The Bristol-built vehicle is making its debut in London, before going on public display.

The much-anticipated racer is aiming to break world records by reaching speeds of more than 1,000 miles per hour.

Anti-nuclear campaigners write to PM over China

An artist's impression of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point Credit: EDF Energy

Campaigners trying to stop a nuclear generator being built in Hinkley in Somerset have written to David Cameron.

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has urged the Prime Minister to end co-operation with China, claiming recent explosions in the country have highlighted its poor health and safety record.

Virgin Media customers cut off in the South West

Virgin Media customers in much of the South West have had no TV and Broadband this evening Credit: Virgin Media

Virgin Media customers have taken to Twitter to complain about a breakdown in the company's Broadband and TV service this evening.

Virgin Media has been replying to customers saying that it was aware of the fault, which it says has now been fixed and the service is slowly getting back to normal.

Some customers have been told not to expect normal service to resume until just before midnight.

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South West's new state-of-the-art tech could help amputees

Motion capture technology was used to create the character of Gollum from actor Andy Serkis in the Lord of the Rings film series. Credit: NatureVideo

The University of Bath is developing a new £5 million motion capture studio, said to be the first of its kind available for commercial use in the South West.

The centre will be based at the University's Department of Computer Science, and will feature state-of-the-art imaging technology.

As Katie Rowlett reports, it's hoped once it's up and running it will be able to help elite athletes, including amputees.

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Go-ahead given for 90,000 panel solar farm

One of the company's smaller sites Credit: ITV
Tne solar panels will be installed in these fields Credit: ITV

The go-ahead has been given today for a 90,000 panel solar farm, planned on land owned by Dorset South MP Richard Drax at Mapperton. East Dorset District Council's planning committee deferred making a decision on 23 June because they said they needed to make a site visit. Seven councillors voted for the project and three against. There has been strong opposition from campaigners. The energy company is Wiltshire-based Good Energy. More shortly.

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
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