18/12/2016 Points West


18/12/2016

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The brand new South Bristol link road had a test drive today.

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Hundreds of cyclists became the first to use the route

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The ?45 million road will also form part of the route

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for the city's new Metrobus, in a scheme designed

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It's not every day that cyclists are offered the chance to ride

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And so hundreds turned out today to ride the five kilometres

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Many of these cyclists live locally and think the new road

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will help to ease the amount of traffic on certain roads.

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I guess it'll take a lot of pressure off of Winterstoke

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And I do a lot of cycling myself so, yeah, it'll be great

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And it was really smooth and easy to cycle on.

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I think it's going to make a massive difference around the

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Parson Street area, where we are, in Bedminster, it'll

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really relieve the traffic going through there, yeah.

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The majority of those here today were positive

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But the Green Party has opposed the plans right from the start,

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and say building new roads will never help cut traffic.

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At the moment, some of the plans that are coming

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forward, only seem to be moving the air quality issues that

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currently tend to be concentrated in the centre of

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the city and moving them out to the fringes, in areas like

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But, in rush hour, parts of South Bristol

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For a business here which employs 1500 people, the feeling

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is that this road can only be a good thing.

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Really, the congestion in Bristol has made it very

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Really, the congestion in Bristol has made it very difficult for them.

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The new road will definitely improve their travel times.

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It will improve the air quality in the area, I'm sure.

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And generally, for the residents, it will reduce the amount

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In the New Year, this new road will open to cars.

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After that, part of it will be used by the Metrobus.

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And if it helps to get South Bristol moving then it

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won't just be these Santas who are the only happy customers.

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A seasonal warning's been issued to Christmas partygoers in Bath

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to take extra care around the River Avon.

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12 people have died after falling into the river

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in the past seven years - the last only a few weeks ago.

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The River Safety Group in Bath is urging people to stay away

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from the water after drinking, and says even strong swimmers can

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To football - let's take a look at the weekend's goal action.

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In the Championship, Bristol City lost 2-1

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Aaron Wilbraham headed in this equaliser with 12 minutes

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to go and City looked the more likely to win,

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but with five minutes remaining the visitors snatched victory.

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Bristol Rovers went down 2-0 at Shrewsbury.

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Rovers almost took the lead in the first minute,

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but Peter Harley's header clipped the top of the bar.

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Swindon drew 1-1 with Fleetwood - Luke Norris with an early opener

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for Swindon, before the visitors cancelled it out ten minutes later.

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Yeovil tested Carlisle's resilience with a second-half comeback -

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Nathan Smith scoring three minutes after the break - but the hosts held

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Two goals in the space of one second-half minute saw Cheltenham

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come back from a goal down to beat ten man Morecambe, Billy Waters

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and Harry Pell sealing an important victory.

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And it was a draw for Forest Green Rovers and Dover -

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you might not be able to see it through the fog, but it was thanks

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to an injury-time equaliser from Kieffer Moore.

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Gloucester Rugby suffered a heavy first defeat

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in the European Challenge Cup this season, as La Rochelle ran

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in six tries at home - formidable in front of a home crowd.

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In festive news, knitters from a church in South Gloucestershire

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have created their own Christmas tree, which will later be recycled

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Over 800 woolly green squares have been knitted or crocheted and then

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by the St Michael's Yarn Bombers of Stoke Gifford.

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Three squares even came from a knitter in America.

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In January, the tree will be taken down, and sewn into ten blankets

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We wanted to do something that could involve as many people in the

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community as possible, so we could celebrate Christmas to melt

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together. It was always in our plans to do something that we could give

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to other people, so the plans to make the blankets were always an

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important part of the project. 50 dancing Santas brought part

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of the Forest of Dean The flashmob-style event,

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by the clock tower in Coleford, was organised by students

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from a local dancing school. They were performing to raise money

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for the Make a Wish Foundation. Time for weather

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check with Holly now. Some of us have had some

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stubborn mist and fog for today and it's quickly re-thickening

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for tonight so the Met Office has Some of it could be

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quite thick and it could be quite

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a hazard on the roads. Mostly staying frost-free

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for tonight but, given some clear spells, we could see a bit

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of patchy stuff perhaps But these are typical

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low temperatures. An odd drizzly shower

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or two but generally dry. Poor visibility, then,

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to start the day tomorrow. Slowly that will lift and break

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but it could be a pretty slow Some bright spells perhaps

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coming through but, in And highs of 7 or 8 -

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feeling a bit chilly, I think, A little bit of drizzle,

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but turning more unsettled We're back a bit later than usual -

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after those Sports Personality of the Year

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awards, here on BBC One. Hello. Exactly a week to Christmas

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but it did not feel that way in north-east Scotland today with

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temperatures as high as 13 Celsius in Aberdeenshire. This is one

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Weather Watcher's view. It is colder and Misty and murky in South Wales.

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You could see some dense fog patches developing tonight and into tomorrow

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morning. Southeast Wells, the Midlands and southern England are

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most at risk of that. They're out Brexit rain for Scotland later in

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the night.

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