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  1. Updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Wednesday 30 March 2016

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Sunshine with the risk of a few heavy showers


Take care on you way home tonight as the Met Office is warning some of the showers will turn heavy with a risk of hail.

If you've got any delicate plants out you might want to cover them up as we're told there is a risk of frost overnight.

BBC Local Live will be back tomorrow from 7am for all the latest news for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.

Debate over Little Stoke parkrun continues

Sign in car park

Should people who use council-owned land for organised activities pay a contribution towards its maintenance costs?

Parkrun organise weekly 5km timed runs around the UK each week and is a not-for-profit company but Stoke Gifford Parish Council insists the company should pay for its use of Little Stoke Park.

Parkrun says it "monitors numbers carefully" and would not allow a run to go ahead "if large numbers made it unsafe for runners or other park users", the Stoke Gifford Journal reports.

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Van annoys Weston residents: your say

You've been having your say on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page about the van that has been spray painted by residents.

It's parked on the corner of a street in Weston but somebody has daubed "move this van" on the front.

Van in Weston

Bit confusing really, not ON double yellow lines, probably taxed, MOTd, insured, otherwise it would have been seized and crushed. No wheels on the pavement, not blocking a drive, dropped kerb, not causing an obstruction, so what law is it breaking. Ok aesthetically, not so great, but I can't really see the problem.

Michael Taylor

A small fraction of a wheel on the doubles isn't exactly parked on double yellows now is it. Technically it's not breaking any laws bar the fact from parked in someone else's space.

Nebbz Robertson

Motorway fuel price signs: your say

We were talking yesterday about the new signs on the M5 advertising the cost of fuel at service stations.

It's certainly a subject that has got you all going on BBC Radio Bristol's Facebook page overnight.

Motorway fuel sign
Highways England

Waste of time and money. Just accept that motorway petrol stations rip drivers off all the time (and always will unless it is made illegal to gouge certain people just because you can) and you will save yourself time and agro.

Jeanne Baldwin

If they help stop breakdowns due to running out of fuel it's worth it. It MAY also force them to lower their prices as it's easier to see what is cheap, and by extension more inline with supermarket forecourts.

Bea McCullagh

Weston van annoys residents so much they spray paint it

Meanwhile, this van has been annoying some residents in Weston-super-Mare.

They're so incensed about it that somebody has taken to the front with some spray paint.

Have you been parking on double yellow lines in Weston-super-Mare?

Car parked on double yellow lines

People who have been parking on double yellow lines in Weston-super-Mare might not be able to get away with it for much longer.

Since the police stopped enforcing parking regulations more than a decade ago most councils have taken over the responsibility.

But North Somerset Council was late to the party and is only now applying to the government to be able to deal with all parking offences

One of the best goals you'll ever see - step up Tyler Harvey

This has got to be one of the most stunning comebacks ever.

Bath City were 1-0 down against Weston-super-Mare when Tyler Harvey stepped up to score a stunning brace. 

The first was from the penalty spot. The second you have to watch to believe. Stunner! 

Thanks to Bath City FC for the video.  

Bristol Arena: Extra trains promised for big events

As revised plans for Bristol's Arena are resubmitted to address concerns over travel arrangements, elected mayor George Ferguson says he is looking to get public transport operators on-board.

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Parkway to Gloucester rail update: Services returning to normal

Rail operator Great Western Railway say services are now able to run on their normal route between Gloucester and Bristol Parkway following earlier problems with signals.

But it is warning passengers to expect delays of up to 15 minutes.

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Former JCB driver to be taken to funeral in tipper bucket

Family photograph

A Bristol man is to be transported to his funeral in the bucket of a JCB, more than 60 years after he was thought to be the first person in the city to drive the iconic digger.

Paul Nowicki, pictured above, died earlier this month at the age of 90. He was born in Poland before moving to the city as a refugee following the Second World War. 

His son John says the family are fulfilling his fathers final wishes 

Parkway delays: Alternative services via rail or bus

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Great Western Railway passengers may use:

  • Arriva Trains Wales services between Newport and Cheltenham Spa
  • CrossCountry between Bristol Temple Meads and Cheltenham Spa

CrossCountry passengers may use Great Western Railway services on all reasonable routes.

Buses have been organised to run between Gloucester and Bristol Parkway from approximately 07:30.

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If you are travelling north from Bristol Parkway allow extra time this morning

Due to a signalling fault all lines between Bristol Parkway and Gloucester are blocked.

This means trains running through these stations may be cancelled or diverted via Swindon

Cam and Dursley station and Yate will not be served. Network Rail says the disruption is expected to continue until 10am.

There's more information available from Great Western Railway.

Are you affected by these delays? Please let us know email

Train at Bristol Parkway

Delays on trains north of Bristol Parkway

Morning everybody!

One problem to highlight to you if you're heading north on the trains from Bristol Parkway. There are delays due to a fault with lineside equipment between Parkway and Gloucester.

If you're heading to Yate, Cheltenham or Birmingham, you can find more updates on the situation via National Rail here.

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