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Traffic fears over new Westgate shopping centre

People are being urged to use public transport to visit the new Westgate shopping centre Credit: ITV Meridian

Visitors to the new Westgate Centre in Oxford which opens today are being urged to use public transport to help reduce traffic in the city centre.

There are fears the roads could be brought to a standstill as shoppers flock to the area.

Improvements to bus services have been made to help minimise disruption.

ITV Meridian spoke to Phil Southall from Oxford Bus Company.


Say it with flowers? Shop sends spring onions instead

Suzanne Bradish got a bunch of spring onions instead of flowers Credit: Suzanne Bradish

A shopper from Rochester in Kent has shared her surprise at receiving a bunch of spring onions from a supermarket instead of the bouquet of Spring flowers she had ordered online.

The supermarket sent her a letter explaining the odd substitution, by saying it had no bunches of the Spring flowers left.

Suzanne Bradish sent a message on social media telling her followers and friends about the mixup. Since then her tweet has gone viral with more more than 3,000 other people forwarding the story on.

The letter explaining the substitution of onions for flowers

Since then, the jokes have come pouring in, along with other people sharing their own substitution stories. Suzanne showed she has a sense of humour too, by picturing the onions in a vase of water.

To their credit Sainsbury's did apologise, and sent Suzanne a bunch of flowers and a voucher for her trouble.

Calls for better wheelchair access for disabled shoppers

The festive season is well and truly upon us - and with just two shopping weekends until Christmas, disabled rights campaigners are calling for better wheelchair access.

The disability minster, also a Swindon MP, says retailers who don't cater for people who are less able, are missing out on a combined spending power of more than 200 billion pounds.

Matt Price reports.

Town centre shoppers to park all day for £1

Councillors Gary Marsh and Pru Moore Credit: Mid Sussex District Council

Festive shoppers will soon pay a reduced rate of £1 for all-day parking in a town centre.

In the run up to Christmas, every Saturday from 5 December, Mid Sussex District Council will cut the cost of parking in their long-stay car parks:

  • Queens Crescent car park, Burgess Hill
  • Station Road car park, Burgess Hill
  • The Vicarage car park, East Grinstead
  • Norton House car park, East Grinstead
  • Franklynn Road car park, Haywards Heath

Parking in Mid Sussex is already free on Sundays and the council hopes the reduced cost parking on Saturdays will encourage more people to shop locally and attract shoppers from other areas.


The festive shopping spree continues...

The festive shopping spree has been continuing apace today.

Shopping centres and high streets have been busy with people seeking a bargain in the sales, and many retailers are reporting record trade. But what have the customers made of it all?

Warning over Black Friday traffic chaos

Traffic volumes around the Bicester area have returned to normal levels after heavy traffic because of Black Friday,

There have been ongoing problems around the Bicester Village shopping outlet,

Bicester Village spokeswoman Miranda Markham said: “If you are considering travelling to Bicester Village, we would recommend you travel after the rush hour peak.

“Bicester Village will be open until midnight.”

Thames Valley Police is asking the public stuck in traffic not to contact police on 101 for general updates.

Regular updates will be given through local radio and Twitter, via the Roads Policing account @tvprp.

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