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across higher ground but perhaps even at lower levels of light


dusting to come as well. Welcome to BBC Points West,


with Alex Lovell and David Garmston. Our main story tonight: Death


on a level crossing. Investigators spend the day


at the track where a car It's the fourth fatality


in three years. The question tonight is why the


victim who was the only person authorised to use a vehicle on the


crossing got stuck on the track and was hit by a train.


The rail line in Gloucestershire reopened in the last few hours.


We'll have the latest from the scene.


Our other headlines tonight: Accelerating from 3G to 5G,


the latest internet signal is to be tried out in Bristol.


From uniforms to boiler suits, a company celebrating 160


And exchanging life experiences, a nursery school teams


There are calls tonight for a level crossing where a man was killed


to be permanently closed to all vehicles.


The victim, who's yet to be named, was hit yesterday by a train


on a crossing he used regularly in Frampton Mansell


The line reopened late this afternoon.


Steve Knibbs is there for us this evening.


Thank you very much indeed. This is the crossing that is the focus of


the investigation today. It is the dues operated crossing and the


victim we are told is the only member of the public who had a key


to the padlock on this gate and he was the only person authorised to


bring a vehicle across the crossing and as has already been said he had


not ready for many years. The process would be that anyone rings


Network Rail if they want use the crossing and when they are given the


all clear they can go across. Something went very wrong yesterday.


This time last night the scene here was very different as the


investigation was in full swing. Passengers were taken off the train


and taken to the local pub and given food and drinks and transport to


their final destination, but with the investigation today the time was


for answers to the questions about what happened here.


The train and the remains of the land Rover have been moved away and


the search for clues has started. They want to explain why the victim


and his car were hit by the train. When the arrived at the scene


yesterday afternoon we were dealing with the initial incident itself and


light got the better of us. We wanted to make sure that we could


recover all available evidence to us this morning mummy had the natural


daylight available to us. With the police operation over enquiries


began. Great Western Railway are offering support and help to the


train driver. Here in Frampton Mansell thoughts are with the


victim, a 60-year-old farmer who has yet to be formally identified. He


used to keep animals, he had cows and sheep in the field is just the


other side of the railway and he used to help, my dad had animals as


well so they would help each other out and take the animals out to


market and stuff like that. He was always there to help if he was


around. My dad would always call on him if he wanted any help for


anything. He was always willing, and my dad would help him as well and it


was that sort of relationship. The key question is why the victim was


still on the track when the train approached. It was a crossing he had


used regularly. He has been using it for years. We have crossed when we


had animals there as well so we know what it is like, you have to phone


and cross and wait. He has done it all is life and I have been there


when he has crossed and chatted to him before he has crossed so it is a


normal and everyday thing really. In 2014 a motorcyclist was killed on


the crossing and there have been two suicide here since and since the


tragedy yesterday there are calls for the crossing to be closed all


but pedestrians. I just feel it is a rather dangerous crossing. The line


is on a bend either side and you can only see the trains for 100 metres


and by the time the whistle has gone all their horn they are upon you.


With the line closed today replacement buses were laid on for


passengers between Gloucester and Swindon so disruption for many but


necessary for the investigators to find out why someone lost their life


here. The question here now is what went wrong and the investigation is


carrying on. These kind of crossings are unique around the country. Over


the last year there were four incidents of trains colliding with


vehicles at crossings like this. That figure was the


lowest for ten years. Network Rail says it is working


to improve safety at every crossing but, as Andrew Plant reports,


there are thousands across the rail network,


and some, like the one here, rely on the user taking


their own safety seriously. Vehicle collisions on crossings


are rare, but they do happen. In this case the driver


walked away unharmed, In 2009 in the village


of Little Bedwyn in Wiltshire, mother-of-three Julia Canning


was killed, the sister-in-law of comedian Ruby Wax,


as she walked her dogs And in Athelney on the Somerset


Levels in 2013, a high speed train He knew the crossing well,


but had attempted to cross There are more than 6,000


level crossings across Only 110 of them though are like


the one at Frampton Mansell, where the user opens and shuts


the gate themselves. This crossing is very similar,


it's not completely open. In fact if you want to drive


across you need to have a key for the gate there but anyone can


walk across it, just use the gate and then the best way of crossing


safely is just to look carefully up If you are bringing a vehicle


across you should really be using Those are connected to a signal


house and they will tell you how long you have got until the next


train is due, and exactly the same kind of phone


is positioned at the crossing Fatalities on the railway


network have in general In the most recent figures there


were 252 non-accidental deaths, Of those, 30 were people


trespassing on the tracks, three were pedestrians


using a crossing, and four Take a chance at a level


crossing and it's only a Network Rail has closed some


crossings and used TV campaigns to urge the public to take every


precaution at crossings. Still cameras regularly capture


people taking risks on the railways, unaware of just how quickly


a train can appear. A formal identification of the man


who died here is due tomorrow but there was no guarantee the name will


appear in the press but talking to people here it was clear that he was


a kind and much loved member of the community and everybody wants to


know why he died making a journey that he had done literally hundreds


of times. Thank you very much for that.


The Devizes MP Claire Perry has accused hardline colleagues


of behaving like jihadis over their support for Brexit.


Right now, Parliament is debating the bill which would allow Brexit


negotiations to start, with the tone from MPs becoming


Our political editor Paul Barltrop has been watching events for us.


For five days MPs have debated what's called


the European Union Notification of Withdrawal Bill.


Put simply, that means beginning Brexit.


Now, most of the West's MPs are Conservative,


but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll agree with


Indeed, the MP for Devizes caused quite a stir comparing her own side


I feel sometimes I am sitting along with colleagues who are like jihadis


"Be gone, you evil Europeans, we never want you to


I am afraid I heard speeches last week exactly making that point.


Others weren't holding back either, with one pro-Brexit Wiltshire MP


On what does he base that assertion, given that the people he wants


to report on the situation were giving us the most extraordinary


They were telling us we were going to be attended by plagues


of frogs and locust and the sky was going to fall in.


And the normally low-profile West Dorset MP, Oliver Letwin,


got pretty fired-up attacking the idea of a second referendum.


It's the proposition a clericy that knows the answer and that believes


that people who vote otherwise are misguided and that they need


to be lead time after time after time to revise their opinions


by whatever means, until at last they give


MPs will vote for a last time at 8.00pm, and the party whips have


got a job on their hands, because rebellion is in the air.


Claire Perry disobeyed Conservative instructions yesterday,


And two of Bristol's Labour MPs defied their leader last week.


Kerry McCarthy is a backbencher, while Thangam Debbonaire


But she didn't lose her job, there she was last night,


Both are likely to rebel again this evening.


We live in interesting times. Thank you, Paul.


You're watching BBC Points West with Alex and David.


Still to come: What a difference the decades make.


We take a look back at the history of workwear


And bridging the gap, the project aiming to to bring


That is very sweet and we will bring it to you later in the programme.


A former Royal Marine from Somerset who shot an injured Afghan insurgent


must wait to hear the result of an appeal against


The Martial Appeal Court is now considering Sergeant


His lawyers argue he was suffering from a mental illness in 2011


and that fresh psychiatric evidence would have provided him a defence


If you've struggled with patchy phone signals or painfully slow


internet then scientists in Bristol may soon ease your pain.


They've been working on an ultra-fast and ultra-reliable


Now they want a share of a billion pounds fund that government


is hoping will transform the way we communicate.


Oh, I've got a tiny bit, a tiny bit of coverage.


She might only live a mile from the centre of Bristol,


but artist Ruth Jacobs lives in what they call a not-spot.


Making phone calls is only possible at the top of the stairs.


I try to phone people and then the signal just cuts out because it


looks like I've got coverage but really I haven't.


As soon as I try to use it just breaks up and disappears so then


I have to walk all around the house and try and get back


to people and it's a bit unprofessional really.


When it comes to mobile signal Britain languishes


We're behind Estonia, Peru and Albania, in 54th place


So how far have we really moved on from those trendy days


when phones were almost the size of bricks?


The Government is desperate not to slip into the digital


doldrums, so it wants to develop super-fast 5G.


If you're struggling to know your 4G from your 5G,


In the beginning, the early-80s, there was the first


generation of mobile phones, or 1G for short.


Then along came 2G, with added text messaging.


In 2003 the arrival of 3G integrated the internet into our phones.


Now the talk is of 5G, ultra-fast, ultra-reliable


and ultra-capable of linking lots of different networks together.


They're already working on developing 5G in this Bristol lab.


Now they're in talks with Government about becoming the national testbed.


It would mean a share of a billion pounds.


A lot of us in Bristol we have wonderful connectivity.


In your home you have all your teenagers on YouTube


and yourself actually streaming real-time iPlayer and then you get


out, you go into your car and you can't get the 4G


or equivalent 3G service, so 5G is going to stop all this.


5G would make a whole new world of tech possible.


The virtual will soon become reality, and Bristol wants to lead


We will soon be able to spend even longer on our phones. Always good


news! And tomorrow Robin will be exploring


the many ways in which 5G is set to change our lives,


whether its controlling our heating He'll be stepping inside a simulator


for driver-less cars. They rely on the instant signal that


comes from 5G and they too are being designed and developed


here in Bristol. I can't wait. It's like tomorrow's


world here! It is, happening today. It took five pairs of boots


and ten million steps, but yesterday a Cheltenham mum


completed an epic walk around Natalia Spencer trekked


the 6,000 miles in memory of her young daughter Elizabeth,


who had a rare disorder. We'll be hearing from Natalia


in a moment, but first let's take This is the last picture


they took in school. Every second and every step


is dedicated to her. When I don't have her physically


I have this project and I treat it I feel very humble indeed that


people reacted so generously It's a sign of hope, it's a rainbow


that represents Elizabeth for me. Obviously a very quick quick summary


of the very long journey Is it surreal now that


you've finished? No, I can't really


believe anything over it. I just looked through those


pictures and remembering myself as an ordinary mum,


standing at the school gates waiting for my child to run out of school


and suddenly I find I don't think I believe any of it,


it's all so surreal. Has been an awful period for you,


of course, and you'll never get over the death of your daughter,


of course you won't, but has this This project gave me a very nice


purpose and I could still live for my daughter without her being


physically present in my life, but also fundraise for all the other


children who may need this help, who will benefit from


money which we raised. And you have raised


an enormous amount of money. I was overwhelmed by the generosity


and kindness of people, it's just amazing and just amazing


how generous people are in the UK. You didn't just walk north to south,


you went all around, That must have been some very


tricky treks at times. Oh, yes, of course,


it was quite difficult, challenging journey physically-wise


but because I am so emotionally concentrated on why I am doing it,


I have such a strong motivation. The memory of my child


is everything for me now Were there any great


dramas on the way round, It all went according


to plan strangely enough. I never stopped without


planning to stop. I did every single walk


as I wanted to and finished The rainbow is very important


to this appeal, isn't it? And then when you finished the walk,


the rainbow came out. Let's take a look


at it one more time. That is very beautiful shot


and a very moving moment. The rainbow was was whole


but we didn't catch it on camera. I call it a miracle,


I call it made from heaven. It is so lovely to see


you and I know your daughter We recorded that just a bit earlier.


She has a glow about her, she is such a lovely lady. We will move on.


Catwalks usually show off the latest in cutting edge fashion,


but there was one with a real difference in Bristol today.


It saw a parade of uniforms that workers have worn


It celebrated the history of a firm called Alexandra,


which from small beginnings became Europe's largest manufacturer


of workwear, even making uniforms for the Queen's staff!


We're joined by Martin Lyne, their Managing Director


and Cathy Laird, one of their longest serving employees.


Thank you for coming in. It looks like we have a mannequin Challenger!


Martin, why have you decided now to open up your archives of some of the


outfits around us? We have done some fabulous research in the last year


and it has demonstrated a rich story, one of the story of a Bristol


business that in 160 years has grown from a small family business to


where it is today and what has really come out of it is the role


that the business has played in the development of the modern workplace


and I think some of these mannequins start to demonstrate that through


the rich history that is there. We have three air which are all


uniforms for hospital staff. Describe how they have changed. I


know it is fairly obvious but this one would have been when? This was


from Florence Nightingale era, it was all prewar and all through the


walls, so this was traditionally what a nurse would wear. This is


really telling the story, and not just in the terms of design but in


terms of the fabric. If we come over to where I am over here, deaths,


looking at something like this on a fashion website is around a day ago.


It is from the 1960s and was one for It is from the 1960s and was one


hospitality items during that era hospitality items during that era


and was very much of the age fashion was a part of and what we were now


was created. You could run out of fabric for that one! The fabric has


changed. Fabric has changed in many of the garments because the


technology has changed and we produce fabrics for flexibility and


stretch and durability. Watch ability. Your company must have got


through a lot of man-made fibres, I have got to say! White of course it


has. One of the things that came out in the story is the roles that


females played in the workplace. This was 1915 and a typical


traditional Florence Nightingale until 1940 and then up to the modern


age with the American version of scrubs. The role women played


between and during the First World War has changed rapidly and these


garments or play a part in it. Alexander are at the fore part of


that and driving innovation and it is a fabulous story. The very


functional today. Ewan McGregor can be but some of the items we


showcased today are a lot more contemporary with a lot more


casualisation coming into hospitality roles and restaurants.


Some of it is about fit and comfort and the challenge for our businesses


to get the off-the-peg garments fitting great and making people look


superb and empowered in their roles. If you are wearing great nursing


uniforms that is how you feel about your place within a hospital. The


company is alive as well and we have reported on its ups and downs. We


are a business that has survived and thrived on we are under new


ownership, men's warehouse in America and we have new investment


in the business in the digital age and we are really starting to grow


again and we look forward with confidence. Send our regards to your


staff and I'm sure they work very hard. If uniforms are so great, why


aren't you wearing one? This is one! It is a premium seat from Alexandra.


Thank you very much. A nursery has started a relationship


with a care home in Bristol, where, once a fortnight,


young and old get together to chat. It's being held up as a idea


which could work across the country. Andy Howard's been a fly


on the wall today. In this little corner of Bedminster,


conversation is brisk. Around the table, making


Valentine's cards today, are people at the opposite ends


of their lives. She's gone to see her baby


that's in her stomach. Later on my mummy's belly will pop


and the baby will come out. Even though Harvey is off


to school in September, he wants to come back to visit


Brenda, and has arranged For now, these new friends get


together every two weeks. # Here we go round


the mulberry bush. # Here we go round


the mulberry bush. It's a project that I've been


thinking for a couple of years and there's actually a children's


nursery in Seattle that have combined with a care home


and actually coexist It's an unusual dynamic that


you don't really see anywhere else and a lot of our children don't


really have grandparents so having access to someone


who has their undivided attention and is happy to go


at their pace is brilliant. So, age is just


a number, after all. I'm very lovely. I made your face!


So sweet! Ian, we've made your face on the telly! Even they were


freezing cold upstairs probably. Actually it is not freezing cold yet


but certainly turning colder and it will be a different story by


tomorrow evening Friday evening for that matter. Really it is going to


be a colder theme that will grab the attention more than anything else


there has been some crazy headlines in certain newspapers about this so


I have disable not be an exceptional period of cold weather by any means


compared to some we have had historically and it will not be


exceptionally snowy. Many areas will stay dry, including a good deal of


our region, but it doesn't rule out a few light wintry flurries


developing through the course of tomorrow. This is how things are


shaping up. The easterly flow is now developing through the course of


today and the temperatures are dropping away accordingly and as we


continue overnight and into tomorrow we will generally have a lot of


cloud around with brighter phases. You will see there in the eastern


parts of the United Kingdom the snow flurries are floating inland from


the coast and some of them will at times be brought across by thick


cloud to at least get into eastern and north-eastern parts of our


region as the day wears on. Through the rest of this evening there are


showers around at the moment that will fade away and then we are in


for a dry night. There will be a fair amount of clear sky around four


times. It will be a chilly night most certainly and I know critters


are out because the temperatures will be from freezing to -2 or -3


if we had on the breeze picking up if we had on the breeze picking up


that is the wind-chill we can expect if you are waiting at the bus stop


tomorrow morning. It will be pretty raw where you are exposed to that.


It should be a dry morning and it will be the case for the vast


majority of you through the course of the day. The best of any


brightness tends to get squeezed out towards the West. It will always be


competing with a lot of cloud around and at times it will bring in wintry


flurries into the Northeast and towards the south-east you will have


a stream of showers affecting some of the coastal districts of the


South West of England. Beyond that temperatures get up to two or 4


degrees and it will be a similar story


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