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Bristol mayor advises caution over protests

The mayor of Bristol says those taking part in Black Lives Matter protests this weekend should think about the possible health consequences of large rallies and demonstrations.

Marvin Rees says he agrees with the aims of the campaign but says there were other ways to protest - and suggested people follow the lead of the American footballer Colin Kaepernick who in 2016 started the practice of dropping to one knee during the national anthem to protest against racism.

Marvin Rees
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"Covid is with us. We don't have a vaccine. And it's not the demonstration I have a problem with, it's any form of demonstration that requires a mass gathering," he told the BBC.

"Because my fear is a second wave will lead to a disproportionate loss of black and brown lives and any consequence of a further lockdown we know is also disproportionately impacting black and brown people - the lost jobs, the lost wages, the lost businesses, which, again, will have a health consequence."

Severe disruption: M49 Bristol southbound

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M49 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J18A for .

M49 Bristol - Temporary closure on M49 southbound in City of Bristol at J18a, M49 interchange, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, at J18A for .

M5 Bristol - M5 in City of Bristol exit slip road closed southbound at J18a, M49 interchange, because of a police investigation.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe disruption: M32 Bristol southbound

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M32 Bristol southbound severe disruption, from J2 for B4058 Stapleton Road to J3 for A4320 Easton Way.

M32 Bristol - One lane closed on M32 southbound in City of Bristol from J2, B4058 (Eastville) to J3, A4320 (St Pauls), because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severn Tunnel electrification completed

Severn Tunnel
Network Rail

The electrification of the Severn Tunnel has finally been completed.

Network Rail said it means an electric railway will run, for the first time, from Cardiff and Newport in south Wales, through the historic tunnel and all the way to London Paddington.

The project was delayed, partly due to problems with cables becoming corroding in the salt water environment within the tunnel.

Inside the Severn Tunnel
Network Rail

The 134-year-old tunnel between Wales and England has its own pumping station which brings out an estimated 14 million gallons of water (64 million litres) a day to prevent it being flooded by an underwater spring.

Mark Langman, Network Rail’s managing director for Wales and Western said he was "absolutely delighted".

“It has been a hugely complex task to electrify the tunnel but I’m thrilled that the final piece of the puzzle is now complete," he said.