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Oxford United re-sign Bristol City striker on loan

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Oxford United have re-signed Bristol City striker Matty Taylor on loan for the rest of the season.

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Bus driver thanked for rescuing passenger four times

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A bus driver, who had to call for an ambulance on four separate occasions for the same female passenger, has been thanked by the woman.

First West driver James Mills, 27, had to act quickly on several different occasions after regular customer Rachael Jay suffered epileptic seizures on the service between Bristol and Yate.

The two met last week, so Ms Jay could thank him "formally".

“I want to thank James for being so brilliant and acting so quickly when I have suffered attacks on the bus," she said.

"Living with epilepsy and diabetes can really affect your lifestyle and for James to have presence of mind and to act so swiftly on all those occasions really helped.”

Severe accident: M49 Bristol southbound

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M49 Bristol southbound severe accident, from M4 J22 to M5 J18.

M49 Bristol - Temporary closure and stationary on M49 southbound from M4 J22 in Gloucestershire to M5 J18 in City of Bristol, because of an accident.

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

Cumberland Basin: Major Bristol road consultation begins

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A public consultation on the redevelopment of a major road system in Bristol has begun.

Three proposed schemes to change the Cumberland Basin area have been unveiled by Bristol City Council.

They would create a "simpler, less intrusive road network" and allow space for new homes, shops and green spaces, the council said.

All the schemes include demolishing the current Plimsoll swing bridge and the elevated sections of the road network.

Entrance to Bristol Temple Meads closed this week

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Travelling via Bristol Temple Meads railway station this week?

The entrance road to the station will be closed to vehicles on Mon 19, Tues 20 & Wed 21 between 8pm and 6am.

This includes access to the station car park. Buses will be along Bath Road/Redcliffe Way.

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Bristol Airport opens electric vehicle charging bays

Bristol Airport opens ten electric vehicle charging points in its multi-storey car park
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Electric vehicle charging points at Bristol Airport

Charging points for ten electric vehicles have been opened at Bristol Airport.

The charging bays, called Pod Points, are in the airport's multi-storey car park.

Encouraging the use of electric vehicles is part of the airport's pledge to be a carbon neutral business by 2025 and have net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Drivers will need to download the free Pod Point app before arriving at the airport to use the facility. Anyone parked in the long stay or silver zone car parks will need to speak to a member of staff to get access.

Severe congestion: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe congestion, from J18 for M49 to J20 for B3133 Ettlingen Way.

M5 Bristol - Stop-start on M5 southbound from J18 M49 in City of Bristol to J20, B3133 (Clevedon) in Somerset. Travel time is around 20 to 25 minutes.

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

A seven metre-wide model of the earth goes on display in Bristol
The model is designed to give people the same sensation astronauts experience when looking at Earth from space.

Giant earth model opens to the public

A seven metre-wide model of the earth goes on display in Bristol
A huge, spinning model of the planet has been opened to the public. 

The piece, named 'Gaia', is designed to give people the 'Overview Effect'. 

It's a sensation experienced by astronauts looking at earth which makes them feel more responsible for the planet. 

Gaia has been created by Bristol artist, Luke Jerram and is on display in the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building in Bristol. 

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Bristol Royal Infirmary rated 'outstanding'

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The trust that runs Bristol Royal Infirmary has been rated as 'outstanding' by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission.

The University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust - which also runs sites including the Children's Hospital and St Michael's Hospital - is one of only seven trusts in the country to rate so highly.

Of the 39 indicators which make up the trust's overall rating, 35 were rated 'good' or 'outstanding' although the 'safe' category was deemed to require improvement.

Ashton Gate: Feedback wanted on match day road closures

Bristol City Ashton Gate Stadium which is also home to the Bristol Bears Premiership Rugby team and holds major concerts
Bristol City's Ashton Gate Stadium

People living close to Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium can comment on a road closure order being proposed by the city council.

The new traffic order would allow police to close Marsh Road and Ashton Road (west of the junction with Duckmoor Road) for up to two hours before and after football matches or concerts at the 27,000-capacity stadium.

The stadium can accommodate 34,000 people for major music concerts.

Temporary powers to close the roads are already in place. The application can be viewed on the council website and also at Bedminster Library on Bedminster Parade.

The deadline for feedback on the order is Friday 13 September.

Huge Gaia artwork opens

Giant model of planet earth

Bristol artist Luke Jerram's latest artwork goes on display in the city today.

Gaia is a huge inflatable model of the earth, and is intended to give visitors the 'overview effect', said to be experienced by some astronauts who look back at the planet from space.

The free exhibition will hang in the Wills Memorial Building at the University of Bristol from today until Sunday.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

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M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, from J19 for A369 Martcombe Road to J18 for M49.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound in Somerset from J19, A369 (Portishead) to J18 M49, because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well.

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A-Levels: Number of students with top grades fall

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The proportion of students achieving the top grades at A-level has fallen to its lowest level for more than a decade, this year's results show.

This year some 25.5% got an A grade or higher - the lowest level since 2007 when it was 25.3%.

Girls narrowly reclaimed the lead from boys, with 25.5% achieving A* and A grades compared with 25.4% of boys.

The overall pass rate remains the same as last year at 97.6% for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The figures, released by the Joint Council for Qualifications, also show that - for the first time - the number of girls taking the three sciences has overtaken boys at 50.3% compared with 49.6%. There has been a big push to increase the take-up of sciences among girls.

Although far more boys - 30,159 - still took physics A-level, compared with 8,799 girls.

Six weeks after the last A-level exams were taken, more than 300,000 18-year-olds have ended the anxious wait to learn their A-level results.

For more on this year's A-Level results, click here.

Roadworks a 'nightmare' says residents

Wickwar roadworks

Commuters have described the road closures in the South Gloucestershire village of Wickwar as a "nightmare".

Wales and West Utilities is upgrading the gas network and has blocked off the top of the High Street, detouring traffic through the lanes around the village.

Those lanes are said to be narrow, one way and now muddy because of the rain, causing delays for those trying to pass through.

Severe accident: M5 Bristol southbound

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M5 Bristol southbound severe accident, from J18 for M49 to J19 for A369 Martcombe Road.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound in City of Bristol from J18 M49 to J19, A369 (Portishead), because of an accident.

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

Number of tele-consultations 'will only increase'

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Consultant dermatologist David de Berker assesses the images and decides which ones need a follow up

The teledermatology scheme has come into its own in recent years, by helping to address the national shortage of dermatologists.

For instance Taunton and Weston hospitals could not keep the specialist service going in-house and University Hospitals Bristol was only able to step in because this technology allowed consultants easy access to very sophisticated macro-photographic images of skin blemishes.

It carries out around 4,000 remote consultations a year through the teledermatology system which now makes up more than 10% of outpatient attendances a year.

It seems that trend will only increase over future years.

Unemployment lowest in South West

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Unemployment in the South West was 2.7% in the three months ending June 2019, making it the lowest in the UK.

The UK’s unemployment rate edged up slightly to 3.9%, the new figures showed.

Employment was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest since comparative records began in 1971.

Wage growth also picked up to 3.9%, the highest rate for 11 years, however figures released last week showed the economy shrank 0.2% in the second quarter, the first fall since 2012.

The highest unemployment rate in the UK was the North East (5.3%).

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49328855

Hundred-mile round trip avoided as GP offers teledermatology consultation

Vanessa Wilson Fitzgerald.

One of the patients who has benefited from the service is Vanessa Wilson Fitzgerald.

She visited her GP in Eddington after becoming concerned over a spot on her leg which will not go away.

Previously she would have had to make a 100-mile round trip to either Bristol or Exeter to see a specialist.

Ms Fitzgerald said if the service was not available, she "probably wouldn't go" as finding parking and finding the place "would give me a nightmare".

Her GP Dr Tony Wright uses a specialist camera to take a detailed picture of the area.and the images are passed on to consultant dermatologist David de Berker in Bristol for a same day examination.

Balloon Fiesta 2020 date announced

Bristol Balloon Fiesta
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Balloon International Fiesta organisers have announced the date for the festival will not change in 2020.

The fiesta will run from 6-9 August next year.

The announcement was made after members of the public called for the event's date to be moved after the Saturday night-glow was cancelled.

This years fiesta was hit with bad weather allowing only one ascent to take place.

Council threatened with legal action over clean air plans

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Car on the road in Bristol city centre

The government and an environmental law firm are threatening to sue Bristol City Council over its clean air plans.

The threats were sent in a letter from environment minister Therese Coffey to Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees and published by the government 7 August.

The letter also revealed environmental law firm and charity ClientEarth had additionally warned Bristol City Council could "trigger legal action" if they did not alter their plans to tackle emissions from private vehicles.

Mr Rees said the council is committed to improving air quality as quickly as possible and it is “already doing or planning to do” what Dr Coffey has ordered.

Private cars account for 44 per cent of road emissions, making them a major contributor to Bristol’s air pollution and the 300 associated deaths each year.

Bristol City Council's clean air plan consultation closed 12 August.

Severe disruption: M49 Bristol northbound

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M49 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between M5 J18 and M4 J22.

M49 Bristol - One lane closed on M49 northbound between M5 J18 and M4 J22, because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Weymouth medical bike 'not being withdrawn'

A medical bike with life-saving equipment will not be withdrawn from service in Weymouth but its future is under review.

There had been some speculation on social media that the rapid response bike would be "pulled".

But South Western Ambulance Service Trust said it was still being used on an "ad-hoc" basis because only one paramedic is trained to use it.

A petition to save the facility had attracted more than 2,000 signatures.

Police will be given £1.1m to tackle violent crime

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Avon and Somerset Police will receive £1.1m to set up teams to tackle violent crime.

The money will fund new violence reduction units that will bring together different organisations - including the police, local government, health and community leaders - to tackle violent crime by understanding its root causes.

The Government announced the cash injection today as part of a wider £35m investment in the 18 areas worst affected by serious violence.

The funds will be allocated from a pot of £100m set aside in March to tackle serious violence, the Home Office said.

Policing Minister Kit Malthouse said: "To beat knife crime we must do two things: first we need assertive, high profile police enforcement and second, we need a coordinated approach to the long term solutions to violence in society, especially among the young."

"These new units should help us get results on both."

Greater Manchester, Merseyside, West Midlands and West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Northumbria, Thames Valley, Lancashire, Essex, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Sussex, Hampshire and South Wales and Kent will also receive money from the fund.

Hambrook lights traffic revamp 'causing confusion'

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The new routes through the Hambrook junction in South Gloucestershire have started and some commuters are a little confused.

South Gloucestershire Council was told by the government to improve the air quality along the stretch of road so it has brought in four new restrictions to move traffic away from the area, which started Monday.

But some businesses along the B4058 say it's adding extra time onto their daily commute.

M5 junction open after earlier incident

The Avonmouth Way junction with the M5 is now open with traffic once again allowed to join the M49 and M5.

The Highways Agency is asking drivers to be cautious as they pass the scene as recover work is ongoing after the earlier crash.

M5 traffic: Access to M5 blocked

Access to the M5 and M49 from Avonmouth Way, the Portway and St Brendan’s Roundabout has been blocked while the emergency services deal due to an earlier incident.

Severe accident: M5 Bristol northbound

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M5 Bristol northbound severe accident, from A4 to J18A for M49.

M5 Bristol - Temporary closure and queues on M5 Link Road northbound in City of Bristol from A4, Portway roundabout to J18a M49, because of an accident involving lorry.

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

'Clean air' consultation ends today


A public consultation on Bristol's clean air proposals - designed to help the city meet Government-set targets - ends today.

One option could see all diesel cars banned from a central area between 07:00 and 15:00.

The other under consideration - would see charges for buses, taxis, light and heavy goods vehicles.

Private cars would be exempt.

Severe disruption: M5 Bristol northbound

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M5 Bristol northbound severe disruption, between J18 for M49 and J17 for A4018.

M5 Bristol - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J18 M49 and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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Investigation into care home fire continues

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Fire crews from Bristol have left the scene of a blaze at a disused care home in Brenty.

The incident took place in Knowle Lane last night - and smoke was seen billowing across the residential street.

A total of 40 firefighters used water jets and two turntable ladders to put the fire out.

An investigation into the cause of the fire will continue, later this morning.

Ethical energy company has lost millions

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Bristol Energy may not start making profit for another five years due to big losses.

The latest accounts for the council-owned ethical energy company show it lost around £10million last year, despite a big increase in customers and turnover.

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, said the council are trying to manage a "very challenging situation".

The company was initially expected to be in profit by this year but has since needed more than £37m investment from Bristol City Council.

Bristol Energy was set up in 2016 to provide ethically sourced, low-cost power and return a profit for Bristol taxpayers.

Mother wants betting companies to do more to help addicts

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The mother of a Bristol man who died after struggling with a gambling addiction, wants betting companies to do more.

Daniel Clinkscale was a business sales manager who placed his first bet at the age of 16, at 35 he took his own life.

The industry is required to protect problem gamblers, but the legislation on what that entails is claimed to be too weak.

Jo Holloway has now taken her fight to get those betting companies to take more of a responsibility to Westminster.