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Good evening - the news here in the west tonight.
The cost of crossing the Severn Bridge and Second Severn
Crossing has increased - it's now ?6.70 for cars.
Both bridges are due to pass into public ownership soon,
which could lead to a reduction in toll prices - something home
buyers are responding to, as Catherine Powell reports.
To commemorate the first crossing of the Severn Bridge,
I have great pleasure in unveiling this plaque.
The first bridge was opened by the Queen in 1966.
But for people like these in Chepstow,
who commute into the west, the annual price increase
And my partner does, so we are playing ?13 a day
I train over in Portishead a few nights a week.
It becomes a struggle, getting back and forth,
The Government has already said it could halve the fees to cross
the bridges when they come back into public ownership -
although drivers may have to pay both ways.
Estate agents believe that could result in more people
from the west looking for homes over the bridge.
70 to 80% of all our buyers recently have been
from over the bridge and, of course, that to bridge coming down in price,
people are assuming they are going to be able to work over the bridge
The Government is still considering plans to alter the way
we pay to cross the bridges, and says it will confirm
Now, Clevedon is a popular spot for a bit of cold water swimming -
you might have seen some of the town's keenest on one
Well, today, a group welcomed in the new year
It's a tradition going back 30 years.
But this year it was rather more low-key, as Martin Jones reports.
But for three decades, a New Year's dip in Clevedon seawater has
I fancied something completely different
start the year afresh, so going to jump in and have a dip and
This year, the event was smaller though,
because organisers had pulled out, saying it had grown too big.
I felt the liability was getting too much,
too many people were coming and I just felt there were too many
people who have been drinking overnight and going in the water
I just didn't want that responsibility.
it's a bracing start to the new year.
But it gets rid of the hangover really
And cold is a description everyone seemed to agree with.
To rugby - Tom Varndell became the Premiership's joint-top
try-scorer of all time to help Bristol overcome Sale for a second
And Gloucester Rugby sit 9th after today's 12-13 defeat
To football, a New Year goal-fest at The New Lawn,
Keanu Marsh Brown and Christian Doidge both scored twice.
And Somerset's defending darts champion Gary Anderson has just
booked his place in tomorrow's PDC World Darts Championship final.
Anderson, from Burnham on Sea, is seeking a record third
He beat Peter Wright 6-3 earlier this evening
Well, the bulk of the rain is clearing out towards the south now.
It's still a bit damp towards the south coast.
Further north, we have got largely dry conditions and clearing skies,
so certainly rurally, we could a frost, but most
so certainly rurally, we could see a frost, but most
towns and cities, though, just that little bit above freezing,
so it does mean a chilly start to the day tomorrow but a bright
start and on the whole, a beautiful day.
We should see a lot more sunshine tomorrow than we did this weekend.
Dry, bright, light winds, but it's those temperatures
that you will notice, they are going to be struggling
a little bit so it is going to feel noticeably colder.
And that says has upgraded for a very chilly start
of the day on Tuesday, the Tuesday itself should
Largely dry through most of next week but with more cloud
And that's it, we'll say good night - a very happy new year to you.
We will be back tomorrow. Happy New Year.
For many, New Year's Day was a shocker with all of that rain
around. Tomorrow will be sunny, but it is getting colder. This is rain
clearing from the south-east. These specks of white as snow mixed in
with showers across parts of northern England, particularly
across Scotland, low levels here. I say that they hazard in northern and
eastern areas. I would not rule out slippery areas almost anywhere by
the morning, by which time temperatures will be close to or
below freezing in many places. A bright and sunny start, but still
wintry showers, sliding down the North Sea coast. Some snow down at
quite low levels to the north of Scotland. Here, the snow will turn
to rain. Something milder creeping in off the Atlantic as it clouds
over. Further south, despite that sunshine, it will feel cold. 3-5 is
the best I can offer you, briefly, through the afternoon. Then
temperatures fall away like a stone. Through