18/12/2016 Points West


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The brand new South Bristol link road had a test dry today -


hundreds of cyclists became the first to use the route


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


for the city's new metrobus in a scheme designed


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


And so hundreds turned out today to ride the five kilometres


Many of these cyclists live locally and think the new road


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


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


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


And it was really smooth and easy to cycle on.


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


the Parson Street area, where we are, in Bedminster,


it'll really relieve the traffic going through there, yeah.


The majority of those here today were positive


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


and say building new roads will never help cut traffic.


At the moment, some of the plans that are coming forward,


only seem to be moving the air quality issues that currently tend


to be concentrated in the centre of the city and moving them out


to the fringes, in areas like Hartcliffe and Whitchurch.


But, in rush hour, parts of South Bristol


For a business here which employs 1500 people, the feeling


is that this road can only be a good thing.


Really, the congestion in Bristol has made it very Really,


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


The new road will definitely improve their travel times.


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


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


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


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


And if it helps to get South Bristol moving then it


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


Thousands of Christmas shoppers at the Mall Cribbs Causeway


were directed to leave the building this afternoon as the shopping


centre was evacuated just before closing time -


A small fire had broken out in a storeroom -


by the time fire crews arrived the flames had been extinguished -


The Mall confirms shops will be open as usual tomorrow.


Knitters from a church in South Gloucestershire have


created their own Christmas tree - which they plan to turn


into blankets for the homeless in the new year.


Over 800 woolly green squares have been knitted or crocheted


and stacked into a six foot tall tree by the St Michael's Yarn


In January the tree will be sewn into blankets for two


We wanted to do something that could involve as many people


in the community as possible, so we could celebrate


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


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


Finally a special moment of recognition tonight


for Ben Smith from Portishead - the inspirational long-distance


runner was honoured with a special Sports Personality of the Year award


- for running four hundred and one marathons in as many days,


raising more than a quarter of a million pounds for two


anti-bulling charities, and giving hope to young victims


An emotional night for a man who says running -


turned his life around and has inspired many others.


I want to say thank you to the tens of thousands who supported this. My


life was very very different four years ago. I found running was my


sanctuary, my way of expressing myself and be who I was, running


gave me my confidence back and self-esteem. But most importantly I


am not afraid any more. Thank you. Time for the late forecast. We


continue to see problems with mist and fog as it really thickens. Some


could be dense tonight and the Met office has a fog warning. Take care


on the roads, it will keep most of us frost free but some clear spells


and then maybe a patch but these are low temperatures, a shower or two


but mostly dry. Poor visibility tomorrow morning, thick fog, it will


gradually lift but a slow process. Bright spells but mostly pretty


cloudy for tomorrow. Temperatures struggling at seven or 8 degrees. A


murky start, that rain and drizzle and unsettled by midweek. That is


it. We are back in breakfast news tomorrow. Good night.


Good evening. It's a big week for pre-Christmas travel plans and the


weather can be quite challenging at times, too. We start the week with


the issue of fog once again.


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