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M5 near Bristol to stay closed for some time after lorry crash

A lorry has spilled its load after being involved in the crash Credit: Highways England

The M5 Southbound near Bristol remains closed this morning due to a lorry crash between J19 and J20.

A recovery operation is underway following the accident which involved more than one vehicle - including a lorry which has spilled its load.

Police say the motorway is likely to remain closed for some time.


Person hit by train between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads

The incident happened between Bristol Temple Meads and Bath Spa. Credit: ITV West Country

A person has been hit by a train between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.

National Rail says the incident is causing disruption to journeys between Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.

This is expected to continue until 20:45.

National Rail says services between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads may be diverted between Swindon and Bristol Temple Meads not serving Chippenham or Bath Spa

Hundreds of Devon bus workers set to strike over pay and conditions

The strike will involve drivers, cleaners and engineers. Credit: ITV West Country

Hundreds of Stagecoach bus workers in Devon are set to stage a series of strikes in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Members of the RMT Union based at the Exeter, Torquay and Barnstaple garages intend to hold a 24-hour walk out on three separate days in October.

If it goes ahead the first strike will be on Friday, October 13, with another on October 17 and a third on October 30, all running for 24 hours from 4am.

The strikes will involve drivers, cleaners and engineers.

Portbury Hundred reopens following IPCC investigation

The IPCC is carrying out an investigation of the incident. Credit: ITV West Country

The Portbury Hundred (A369) near the M5 J19 has reopened following an IPCC investigation into yesterday's fatal incident.

Avon and Somerset Police has thanked people affected by the closure for their patience.

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Council releases advice for people trying to get to Portishead following incident

Police Scientific Investigations officers are investigating the scene. Credit: ITV West Country

North Somerset Council has released advice for people trying to get to Portishead following this morning's incident in which a man died.

The Portbury Hundred (A369) at Portishead is likely to be closed for the next few hours following a police incident.

The road is closed in both directions from Junction 19 to its junction with Conference Avenue, including Sheepway and Station Road in Portbury.

The surrounding area is very congested, so best to avoid it if at all possible.

Caswell Lane is closed at the junction with Naish Hill in Clapton-in-Gordano and Nortons Wood lane, junction Walton road (B3124) is also closed.

If you are heading home to Portishead tonight either northbound or southbound on the M5 then your best route home is via Clevedon Junction 20 and using the B3124 towards Portishead.

Your patience with fellow motorists tonight would be greatly appreciated.

– North Somerset Council

Bristol City Council says there is 'no evidence' to review Uber licence

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Bristol City Council says it has "no evidence" for reviewing the licence for taxi service Uber in the city.

Transport for London has revoked the company's licence in the capital.

Bristol City Council says it is 'monitoring' the situation.

We will keep a close eye on the outcome and any legal challenge of TFL’s decision to not renew Uber’s licence. While we note the reasons TFL have given for not renewing Uber’s licence, both Uber and their drivers fully comply with all aspects of Bristol’s licensing policy. On that basis, there is no evidence to review their current licence, but we will continue to monitor the situation.

Uber and its drivers are treated no differently to any other licensed driver in the city. Bristol City Council is renowned to have one of the most stringent licence application processes for taxi drivers in the country. The council’s Fit and Proper Person Policy outlines the requirements needed for drivers to hold a licence including a robust convictions policy.

All new drivers are currently required to complete an enhanced DBS check, alongside Gold Standard training, DVLA licence check, medical check, and completion of the knowledge test. Only if these standards are met will a driver be granted a licence.

– Bristol City Council

Ryanair provides update as airline works to resolve cancellations

A total of 2,100 flights have been cancelled over the next 6 weeks. Credit: ITV West Country

Ryanair has provided an update on its progress as the airline works through the cancellation of 2,100 flights over the next 6 weeks.

The airline says all 315,000 affected customers received email notices on Monday advising them of their flight changes and offering alternative flights, refunds and advice about claiming money back.

Ryanair says it expects to have provided more than 63,000 refunds and accommodated 175,000 customers on other Ryanair flights by the end of the day.

The airline says it expects to process more than 300,000 alternative routings or refunds for customers (over 95% of affected customers) by the end of the week.

Ryanair has apologised for the cancellations.

We apologise sincerely to each and every one of the 315,000 customers whose original flights were cancelled over a 6 week period in September and October, while we work to resolve this short term rostering failure. We have taken on extra customer service teams to speed up the rate at which we accommodate and action alternative flight requests or refund applications.

– Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair
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