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Good evening. And a Happy New Year from Points West!

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The cost of crossing the Severn Bridge and Second Severn Crossing

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has increased. It's now ?6.70 for cars.

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Both bridges are due to pass into public ownership soon,

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which could lead to a reduction in toll prices,

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something home buyers are responding to, as Catherine Powell reports.

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To commemorate the first crossing of the Severn bridge, I have great

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pleasure in unveiling this plaque. The first bridge was opened

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by the Queen in 1966. But for people like these

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in Chepstow the annual price I commute over to Bristol every day.

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And my partner does. We are paying ?13 a day to get over to work. I do

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it a view night a week. It becomes a struggle getting back and forth

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because of the prizes. -- prices. The government has already said

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it could halve the fees to cross the bridges when they

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come back into public ownership, although drivers

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may have to pay both ways. Estate agents believe that could

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result in more people from the West looking for homes over the bridge,

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where prices are lower. 70%-80% of our buyers lately have

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been from over the bridge. With the bridge coming down in price, people

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assume that they can work over the bridge and save money.

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The government is still considering plans to alter the way we pay

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to cross the bridges, and says it will confirm the details

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The Government wants every home in the West to have a smart meter

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But suppliers like Bristol Energy warn that target may be

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missed after the project was hit with delays.

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a digital revolution is about to take place.

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I've come to change your gas and electricity meters today for you.

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Lovely. Come on in. Thank you very much.

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This is a scene the government wants repeated on every doorstep.

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Energy suppliers offering customers a smart meter.

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I wanted to be more aware of my costings.

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I'm a single mum, I've got three girls,

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just to see where my money's going each month.

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After about an hour's work in the garage, the new meter's installed.

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It will translate how much gas and electricity she uses back

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It means accurate bills, and an end to meter readings.

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Mum of three Kelly now has new instructions for daughters.

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Lights off, chargers unplugged in the evening.

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Just having this new gadget in the home is meant to gently

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Studies show consumption of gas and electricity can drop by 2%-3%.

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It means bills will fall by an average of ?33 a year.

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But all of that can be worked out in the short-term at least

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if the cost of installing them is passed from suppliers

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Security experts at GCHQ have been drafted in to address concerns over

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And now suppliers are signalling the government target of every home

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having one by 2020 might be too ambitious.

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It is possible, but exceptionally challenging.

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I think the programme was initially delayed at the national level.

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Peter, I think you are using business speak for,

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I mean, it can be done, but it is a mighty target.

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Many homes in Britain can update to a smart meter straightaway...

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It might just take a little longer to get there.

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Robert Markwell, BBC Points West in Bristol.

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To rugby, Tom Varndell became the Premiership's joint-top

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try-scorer of all time to help Bristol overcome Sale for a second

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straight league win, and Gloucester Rugby sit ninth

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after today's 12-13 defeat by Northampton Saints.

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To football, a New Year goalfest at The New Lawn,

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where Forest Green took on Torquay. The game finished 5-5,

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Keanu Marsh Brown and Christian Doidge both scored twice.

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And here's a look at the rest of the New Year action.

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Ipswich inflicted a fifth straight Championship

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defeat on Bristol City, Tammy Abraham scored this equaliser

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after half time but Ipswich took the points with a late winner.

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Matty Taylor took his season goal tally to 18 with a second-half brace

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as Bristol Rovers secured a home win over Wimbledon.

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It was defeat for Swindon at MK Dons, goals came from Luke Norris

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and Raphael Rossi Branco but it ended 3-2 to the hosts.

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Cheltenham lost 1-0 to Wycombe, they created a string of late

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chances, but the visitors held on for victory.

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And Yeovil and Portsmouth ended the year with a goalless draw,

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struggling not just to score, but to see...through the fog!

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Finally, swimmers in Clevedon welcomed 2017

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The New Year tradition was more low key with no official organiser

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or charity collection, some say it had grown too big.

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But that didn't deter this brave lot, we'll be hearing from some of

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On to the weather, here's Bee Tucker.

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The bulk of the rain is beginning to clear out towards the south.

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It may linger for a time on the south coast,

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but further north we will see largely clear skies.

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It will turn rather chilly, with widespread frost rurally.

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Most towns and cities staying out a bit above freezing.

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A chilly start to the day but a brighter day.

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We should see plenty of sunshine.

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Lots of blue skies, light winds, but temperatures will trouble

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Highs of just 4 degrees or 5 degrees.

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It sets us up with a cold start to the day on Tuesday.

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But it should still be dry and bright with plenty of sunshine.

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Largely dry through most of next week, but we will see more cloud

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And that's it. We're back in the late news.

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Good evening. Well, to Bake Off 2017, the weather has been fairly

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mixed, wet and cloudy in the South, colder but clearer further north.

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This was taken in County Down earlier in the day, plenty of

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sunshine there, but with clear skies by day, a cold nights tonight. That

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will fill the south across the country, the cloud and rain clearing

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through the early hours of Monday morning across that area. This is

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how it is looking first thing, cold and frosty, colder than this in the

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countryside, still some wintry showers for northern Scotland into

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the north-east of England, so a chance of icy stretches first thing

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on untreated surfaces. Through the day, Monday is looking quite decent,

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mostly dry with wintry sunshine and light winds, still breezy towards

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the north

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