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  1. Live updates for Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare on Friday 1 April 2016

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All times stated are UK

Rain ahead later ... watch out!

There might be some rain around later. The winds will be strong too, especially along the Severn Estuary.

But, it's likely to be nice and sunny on Saturday morning - so make the most of it.

Local Live will be back Monday at 7am. Have a great weekend.

Weather at 5pm

What next for Concorde?

Forty years after her maiden commercial flight, BBC Radio Bristol's Richard Lawson goes on board the supersonic airliner. 

He meets Captain Tony Meadows, former Chief Engineer John Britton and the man responsible for Bristol's new aerospace museum, Lloyd Burnell, discuss what's next for Concorde.

The video features rarely seen archive photos from the construction of the plane at Filton, near Bristol.

Problematic gull nests removed for free in parts of Bath

Herring gull

Gull nests in some parts of Bath are to be removed for free, it has been announced.

The service, which will be run by a pest control company, is part of the council's gull strategy which also includes using birds of prey to deter nesting birds.

Areas which qualify for the free treatments are: Abbey, Kingsmead, Newbridge, Twerton, Westmoreland and Widcombe wards.

Desert bullet find by Bristol Uni supports Lawrence of Arabia story

The desert scene of the ambush
Nicholas Saunders

A bullet fired by Lawrence of Arabia has been discovered in the Arabian desert by a team of archaeologists, led by the University of Bristol.

It was found at the site of the 1917 Hallat Ammar train ambush set in a scene in a scene from the Oscar-winning film.

The bullet fired by Lawrence at Halat Ammar and discovered by archaeologists from the Great Arab Revolt Project
Ali Baldry

The university says while some biographers accused Lawrence of embellishing his stories, nothing the archaeologists found at any of the sites they excavated supports this view.  

Have your say: Keynsham fly-tipping

Fly-tipping library picture

Earlier on BBC Radio Bristol Emma Britton was talking about the problems of fly-tipping in the Keynsham area.

And you've been getting in touch via Facebook, Twitter and email to let us know what you think.

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Capital S change for Weston-super-Mare?

Weston-super-Mare railway station
Weston Mercury

Could Weston-super-Mare be heading for a name change? Linguists have made proposals, the Weston Mercury reports. *

* May not be serious!

Not a bard job ... Hunt on for Bristol Shakespeare actor

Globe theatre
Getty Images

Is all of Bristol your stage? Or are you really Shakespeare in your mind's eye?

Well, we might have just the job for you! Theatre Bristol is looking for someone to be the bard for a day for celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

Could you make much ado of the role? Apply here...

Club kerfuffle for Chris Wood ahead of the Masters

Chris Wood
North Somerset Times

Long Ashton golfer Chris Wood has lost his clubs a week before the Masters, the North Somerset Times reports.

Fly-tippers beware - extra CCTV planned in Keynsham area

Fly-tipping - library picture

Fly-tipping in some areas near Keynsham has become such a problem that the council says it is going to install more hidden CCTV cameras to catch offenders in the act.

Councillor Martin Veal, speaking to BBC Radio Bristol's Emma Britton, would not reveal how much the project was costing or whether the cameras had night vision.

But he said to effectively deal with the problem all the neighbouring councils should work together so the fly-tipping problem didn't move around the West.

Dry, bright ... with a hint of snow?

It looks like it's going to be a nice, dry and bright day. 

Increasing cloud may bring outbreaks of rain by this evening. The winds will be strong too, especially along the Severn Estuary.

But hang on a moment ... what's this on the graphic overnight? Surely not! Oh, hang on. What's the date?

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In detail: Replacement bus services timetable


First Bus is running regular rail replacement bus services during the nine-day closure along the route, including a Bath to Bristol non-stop service every 15 minutes,

On the Bath Spa  - Oldfield Park - Keynsham - Bristol Temple Mead route, buses will run every 30 minutes,

And service between Keynsham and Bristol, every 30 minutes. 

Some roadworks suspended to keep traffic moving during rail closure

Traffic lights

To try and help ease congestion on the roads during the next nine days, Bristol City Council is suspending roadworks on the A4 - near the Brislington park-and-ride site - on the A37 and the A420.

Adam Crowther, who helps manage Bristol traffic, said he hoped people would plan ahead and use the buses to get a "faster" journey.

He said traffic lights on the A4 at Saltford would temporarily prioritise vehicle traffic, and box junction restrictions on the Hicks Gate roundabout are "fully enforced".

BreakingFormer Bristol man charged with historical sex offences

A former Bristol man has been charged with sex offences dating back to the 1970s after being arrested at Heathrow Airport on Thursday.

Julian Mardon, 81, who has been living in Toronto, has been charged with 25 offences, including gross indecency and indecent assault.

The allegations centre on homes in the city, Avon and Somerset Police said. He is due to appear before Bristol magistrates later.

Why does the Bristol-Bath railway line need to be shut?

Exterior of Bristol Temple Meads railway station

Julian Burnell from Network Rail appreciated people didn't like disruption - especially replacement bus services.

"That's why we do most of the work while keeping the line open," he said.

There are some jobs where we just have to close the line, and this is one of them.

He added normally this work would have been done over the Easter holidays when many people aren't at work.

"There was another massive project going on then - there wasn't the equipment available for us."

What's the date? You decide....

Travelling on the trains this weekend or next week?

Travel graphic

The railway line between Bristol and Bath will be closed from Saturday for more than a week.

During this time replacement buses will be laid on but passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journey.

More information is available on Great Western Railway's website.

The work is part of the electrification of railway lines between London Paddington and south Wales. 

Good morning: Fog and sunshine

Morning everybody.

Varied weather today: fog in Bradley Stoke, but sunshine on the Downs in Bristol. It's likely to be a clear and sunny day, though, with the chance of cloud and rain by evening.

Fog in Bradley Stoke
Sunshine on the Downs