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£100k plan to fix South Gloucestershire's 'most frustrating' junction

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Filton Cllr Chris Wood with Filton & Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti at the Filton Avenue/Station Road junction with the petition that has been signed by more than 500 residents
South Gloucestershire Council
Filton Cllr Chris Wood with Filton & Bradley Stoke MP Jack Lopresti at the Filton Avenue/Station Road junction with the petition that has been signed by more than 500 residents

Council chiefs have pledged £100,000 to try to fix South Gloucestershire’s “most frustrating road junction” amid a row over the cost.

The traffic lights where the north and south ends of Filton Avenue meet Station Road “divide Filton in two” and prompted a campaign by Tory ward councillor Chris Wood which raised a 500-name petition and support from MP Jack Lopresti.

But at a South Gloucestershire Council cabinet meeting on October 7, Filton ward Labour councillor Adam Monk criticised the cost of the project as “frustrating” because it was twice as much as a similar project four years ago that stalled.

The junction, between the M32 and the A38, is used daily by thousands of residents, commuters and students from nearby UWE.

Filton Avenue/Station Road junction
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Its layout means motorists travelling from the north end of Filton Avenue to the south have to drive to the already congested MoD Abbey Wood or Air Balloon roundabouts.

Cllr Wood, whose campaign called for the junction to be “all moving” to stop drivers from being forced to perform the U-turns at the roundabouts, told the meeting: “This is the most frustrating junction in the whole of South Gloucestershire.

“It divides Filton in two."

Legal aid call from bereaved daughter

Becky and Julie Montacute
Becky Montacute

The daughter of a woman, whose body was found in a Somerset lake, is calling on the government to give legal aid to bereaved families to pay for representation at inquests.

The coroner found nine failings in Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership's care for Julie Carter-Montacute, who was found drowned in a lake in the Chew Valley last year after suffering from depression for many years.

Her daughter Becky Montacute said the failings were only recorded because she got help at the inquest from a friend who is a lawyer.

The Ministry of Justice said: “Bereaved families are supported by coroners who can ask questions on their behalf, and we are making wider changes to offer them more help at such a difficult time.”

Severe disruption: M4 Newport eastbound

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M4 Newport eastbound severe disruption, between J24 for A449 and J23A for A4810.

M4 Newport - One lane blocked and queues on M4 eastbound between J24, A449 (Coldra) and J23a, A4810 (Magor Services), because of a police investigation.

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

Severe disruption: M4 Wiltshire westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Wiltshire westbound severe disruption, from J16 for A3102 Swindon Road to J17 for A350.

M4 Wiltshire - One lane closed on M4 westbound from J16, A3102 (Swindon West) to J17, A350 (Chippenham), because of emergency repairs.

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

Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, from J20 for B3133 Ettlingen Way to J19 for A369 Martcombe Road.

M5 Somerset - Two lanes closed and queues on M5 northbound from J20, B3133 (Clevedon) to J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, from J16 for A38 Gloucester Road to J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound in Gloucestershire from J16, A38 (Aztec West) to J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A40 Monmouthshire southbound

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A40 Monmouthshire southbound severe accident, from A466 Dixton Road to B4293.

A40 Monmouthshire - A40 in Monmouth closed and it's slow southbound from Dixton Roundabout to Gibraltar Tunnels, because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

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M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, from J20 for B3133 Ettlingen Way to J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J20, B3133 (Clevedon) to J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

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Severe disruption: M5 Bristol southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Bristol southbound severe disruption, from J17 for A4018 to J18 for M49.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway) in Gloucestershire to J18 M49 in City of Bristol, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

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Severe accident: M4 Cardiff westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Cardiff westbound severe accident, from J32 for A470 to J33 for A4232.

M4 Cardiff - One lane blocked and it's slow on M4 westbound from J32, A470 (Coryton Interchange) to J33, A4232 (Cardiff West And Services), because of an accident.

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

Severe accident: A37 Somerset southbound

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A37 Somerset southbound severe accident, from A39 Wells Road to A362.

A37 Somerset - Queues on A37 Rush Hill southbound in Farrington Gurney from the A39 Wells Road junction to the A362 junction, because of an accident involving a car and a lorry and follow local detour.

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

Kenyan man wants to find Portishead family who sponsored him as a child

The postcard from the Rogers family, who lived in Portishead when they sponsored Kenyan Marko Wekesa
Marko Wekesa
The postcard from the Rogers family, who lived in Portishead when they sponsored Kenyan Marko Wekesa

More than 30 years after their kindness paid for his accommodation, a Kenyan man wants to track down the Portishead family that sponsored him.

Marko Wekesa still has the postcard sent to him by the Rogers family in September 1985 when they began sponsoring him through a charity called Action Aid Kenya. Their donations helped pay for the orphanage where he stayed.

The sponsorship ended in 1991 and now Marko wants to reconnect with the Rogers to thank them for their support.

"I would love to reconnect with them because they are a wonderful family," said Marko, who now works as a forest ranger in Kenya.

Anyone who can help with the whereabouts of the Rogers family, who had two sons called Simon and Michael, should contact BBC Radio Bristol.

Marko Wekesa, who was sponsored by a family from Portishead when he was a child in Kenya
Mr Wekesa
Marko Wekesa, who was sponsored by a family from Portishead when he was a child

Rugby stars to compete in Celebrity X Factor

Levi Davis
BBC

A Bath rugby player is going to be competing in the upcoming series of Celebrity X Factor.

Winger Levi Davis is one of the contestants on the popular talent show, of which a new series starts tomorrow night.

He'll be singing with fellow rugby players Ben Foden and Thom Evans as part of group Try Star, and they'll be competing against the likes of Martin Bashir, Riki Lake and Vinnie Jones.

Severe accident: M4 The Vale Of Glamorgan eastbound

BBC News Travel

M4 The Vale Of Glamorgan eastbound severe accident, from J34 for A4119 to J33 for A4232.

M4 The Vale Of Glamorgan - Two lanes blocked and queues on M4 eastbound in Vale Of Glamorgan from J34, A4119 (Miskin) to J33, A4232 (Cardiff West And Services), because of an accident.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, at J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - M5 lane blocked on exit slip road northbound at J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Parents urged to take up children's flu inoculations

Flu spray
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Public Health England is urging parents in the West to take up the offer of free childhood flu vaccinations in school this year.

Immunisation is now being offered to all primary-aged children for the first time.

The vaccine is administered through a free nasal spray in schools and parents are being advised to make sure they sign and return consent forms