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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