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Summary

  1. Live updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday 29 March 2016

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Weather on the way home: showers and clear spells

Watch out on the way home, looks like there's a bit of rain around the Bristol area. Shower dodging before the bus!

5pm weather
BBC

That's it for BBC Local Live for today. We'll be back with the latest news and video for Bristol, Bath and Weston at 7am on Wednesday.

Bath student praised for facial palsy video

Seventeen-year-old Freya Beaumont has had the condition, which causes weakness in the facial muscles, all her life. 

She wrote an online article about how it's affected her life and what it's like to have surgery and overcoming bullying.     

And now Ms Beaumont, who lives in Bruton, Somerset, has been praised by doctors for helping to raise awareness of the condition.

Good news if you are travelling to south Wales on the Old Bridge

M48 Old Severn Bridge
BBC

The M48, Old Severn Bridge has reopened westbound.

It was closed earlier this morning after a lorry jack-knifed just before 8am.

Highways England said the recovery took some time because of the position of the HGV and unrelated roadworks to repair the bridge cables.

Ambulance on 999 call collides with van

Crashed ambulance
BBC

An ambulance on an emergency call has crashed in Bristol 

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said an ambulance car was called to the scene but added no-one had been hurt in the collision.  

Crashed ambulance
BBC

The accident happened on Whiteladies Road, near its junction with Chantry Road just after 12.30pm.

Petrol price signs highlight cost differences

We've been talking about new signs on the M5 which will show the price of fuel at different service stations.

On social media, Penny suggests that the problem of high petrol prices won't be solved by new signs.

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M48 Old Severn Bridge still closed heading into Wales

M48
Highways England

This was the scene on the M48 a few moments ago.

The bridge was closed just before 9am and drivers heading to south Wales are being diverted onto the M4, the Second Severn Crossing.

Highways England says a jack-knifed lorry is the cause of all the problems.

Keep checking back here and we'll let you know when it re-opens. Highways bosses hope it'll be open again in the next hour.

Travelling to Bristol's proposed arena 'to be made easier'

Artist's impression of the Bristol Arena
Populous

After plans were thrown out for Bristol's proposed arena over a lack of car parking and insufficient public transport, a raft of measures have been put forward to city planners.

A new report shows the city's three park-and-ride sites will be used, that extra buses will be laid on, and the number of cycle spaces increased.

And it also promises a residents' parking scheme for nearby streets to alleviate congestion fears.

Your tweets about M5 petrol price signs

Motorway signs between Bristol and Exeter are now showing fuel prices on the M5 southbound.

Adrian Bryans says he is worried the shock of seeing the high prices could cause an accident!

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Heading to Chepstow? Avoid the M48 Severn Bridge

The M48 is currently closed westbound so if you are planning to drive to Wales you need to take the M4 Second Severn Crossing.

Here's the view in the past few minutes...

M48 Severn Bridge
Highways England

M5 petrol price signs 'need to show off-motorway garages'

Petrol pump
PA

You've been telling us what you think about the new petrol prices signs on the M5.

Michael Clarke says for effective competition they should show prices not just at motorway service stations but at filling stations just off motorway junctions. 

"For example the hypermarket at Cribbs Causeway which involves no more of a detour from the motorway than does the nearby M5 Gordano Services but offers a saving of around 15 pence a litre."

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Will new signs bring an end to high fuel prices on the motorway?

Fuel signs to be used on M5
Highways England

Here's what the new signs on the M5 - which will show how much it will cost to fill up at service stations - will look like.

While most supermarkets are charging less than £1 a litre the prices on the motorway are nearer £1.20.

Five signs have been put on the M5 southbound, including one near Gordano, as part of a trial until the end of 2017.

Do you think this is a good idea or will it put you off buying petrol or diesel on the motorway. Join the debate on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

Time's running out to name Bristol Zoo's baby gorilla

gorilla
Bristol Zoo

If you want to have a go at naming Bristol Zoo's baby gorilla then you've got until 12 noon today to make your suggestion.

Here are the three under consideration:

  • Maiombe (a geographical region in Africa covering gorillas’ native countries)
  • Afia (meaning ‘Friday born child’ in Ghanian)
  • Pianga (Pianga from Pianga-Makeshi, a place in the Democratic Republic of Congo)

Good morning - who spotted Saturn and Mars?

Morning everybody!

If you were lucky enough this morning, when the clouds parted, you might have just caught sight of the Moon with Saturn and Mars just below it.

Sky over Bradley Stoke
BBC

And that is going to be pretty much the story weather-wise this morning. There's going to be clear spells. But, watch out for plenty of heavy rain downpours and the odd rumble of thunder.

We're here until 3pm with all the latest news and video for Bristol, Bath and Weston.