01/01/2017 Points West


01/01/2017

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Good evening - the news here in the west tonight.

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The cost of crossing the Severn Bridge and Second Severn

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Crossing 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 - something home

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buyers are responding to, as Catherine Powell reports.

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To commemorate the first crossing of the Severn Bridge,

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I have great pleasure in unveiling this plaque.

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The first bridge was opened by the Queen in 1966.

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But for people like these in Chepstow,

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who commute into the west, the annual price increase

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And my partner does, so we are playing ?13 a day

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I train over in Portishead a few nights a week.

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It becomes a struggle, getting back and forth,

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The Government has already said it could halve the fees to cross

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the bridges when they come back into public ownership -

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although drivers may have to pay both ways.

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Estate agents believe that could result in more people

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from the west looking for homes over the bridge.

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70 to 80% of all our buyers recently have been

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from over the bridge and, of course, that to bridge coming down in price,

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people are assuming they are going to be able to work over the bridge

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The Government is still considering plans to alter the way

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we pay to cross the bridges, and says it will confirm

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Now, Clevedon is a popular spot for a bit of cold water swimming -

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you might have seen some of the town's keenest on one

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Well, today, a group welcomed in the new year

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It's a tradition going back 30 years.

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But this year it was rather more low-key, as Martin Jones reports.

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But for three decades, a New Year's dip in Clevedon seawater has

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I fancied something completely different

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start the year afresh, so going to jump in and have a dip and

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This year, the event was smaller though,

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because organisers had pulled out, saying it had grown too big.

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I felt the liability was getting too much,

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too many people were coming and I just felt there were too many

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people who have been drinking overnight and going in the water

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I just didn't want that responsibility.

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it's a bracing start to the new year.

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But it gets rid of the hangover really

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And cold is a description everyone seemed to agree with.

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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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And Gloucester Rugby sit 9th after today's 12-13 defeat

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To football, a New Year goal-fest at The New Lawn,

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Keanu Marsh Brown and Christian Doidge both scored twice.

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And Somerset's defending darts champion Gary Anderson has just

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booked his place in tomorrow's PDC World Darts Championship final.

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Anderson, from Burnham on Sea, is seeking a record third

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He beat Peter Wright 6-3 earlier this evening

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Well, the bulk of the rain is clearing out towards the south now.

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It's still a bit damp towards the south coast.

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Further north, we have got largely dry conditions and clearing skies,

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so certainly rurally, we could a frost, but most

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so certainly rurally, we could see a frost, but most

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towns and cities, though, just that little bit above freezing,

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so it does mean a chilly start to the day tomorrow but a bright

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start and on the whole, a beautiful day.

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We should see a lot more sunshine tomorrow than we did this weekend.

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Dry, bright, light winds, but it's those temperatures

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that you will notice, they are going to be struggling

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a little bit so it is going to feel noticeably colder.

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And that says has upgraded for a very chilly start

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of the day on Tuesday, the Tuesday itself should

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Largely dry through most of next week but with more cloud

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And that's it, we'll say good night - a very happy new year to you.

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We will be back tomorrow. Happy New Year.

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For many, New Year's Day was a shocker with all of that rain

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around. Tomorrow will be sunny, but it is getting colder. This is rain

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clearing from the south-east. These specks of white as snow mixed in

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with showers across parts of northern England, particularly

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across Scotland, low levels here. I say that they hazard in northern and

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eastern areas. I would not rule out slippery areas almost anywhere by

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the morning, by which time temperatures will be close to or

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below freezing in many places. A bright and sunny start, but still

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wintry showers, sliding down the North Sea coast. Some snow down at

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quite low levels to the north of Scotland. Here, the snow will turn

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to rain. Something milder creeping in off the Atlantic as it clouds

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over. Further south, despite that sunshine, it will feel cold. 3-5 is

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the best I can offer you, briefly, through the afternoon. Then

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temperatures fall away like a stone. Through

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