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TheLocalYokel

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A bit premature with the headline as we are still in July.

What might be a difficulty is a report today that suggests that the South West now has the highest 'R' number having been one of the least affected areas (most weeks the least affected area) for both infections and deaths since restrictions began in March.

It was always feared by many in the region that once the restrictions were eased with regard to travel and domestic holidays that the South West would see a spike in infections via the many visitors from other parts of the country. It is one of the 'penalties' that has to be paid if the country is to get back on the road towards normality.
 

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Oh dear. The new junction on the M49 was completed last year by Highways England but can't be used because the developers have yet to build a link road from it. The new motorway junction is supposed to ease access and egress with the distribution and warehousing areas within the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area.
 

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I see a spitfire did the rounds today at flying low over south west hospitals with thank you nhs written underneath the plane. There was hundreads of names and sponsers wittten on the plane. It raised thousands for nhs. Well done the pilot and all who made it possable.
 

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jThe airlines are making savings on fuel and length of time in air to destination. With not so many aircraft in the sky the air lines are able to fly more direct. Most flights are at least 30 miles shorter and some routes 70 to 80 miles shorter with less time in air. This is happening at all airports.
 

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A few weeks ago we were chatting about the paddle steamers of old sailing the Bristol Channel, and the Waverley came into the conversation as she sometimes visits South West England and South Wales for pleasure trips in the Bristol Channel.

She only returned to service recently following a multi-million pound refit but unfortunately collided heavily with a pier yesterday on the Isle of Arran causing injury to a number of the 200-plus passengers, some of whom were flown to hospital by helicopter.

The vessel sustained damage to the bow and will be unable to complete the remainder of this season's sailings.

Let's hope the injured make a speedy recovery and that the Waverley will be back on station next summer. I sailed on her 25 years ago up the Severn estuary at the time the second Severn Crossing was under construction.
 

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In Weston tomorrow,i saw a bus with full written on its sign board. never seen this before,but i put it down to covid 19 as busses are running about half full. Would i be right in this thinking.
 

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In Weston tomorrow,i saw a bus with full written on its sign board. never seen this before,but i put it down to covid 19 as busses are running about half full. Would i be right in this thinking.
Yes, First West of England seem to be closing off half the number of seats on their buses because of the virus and social distancing. Today I saw a bus on the Bath Road at Brislington operating the double-decker X39 Bath-Bristol shuttle that was showing the word 'Full' on its destination boards. It seemed to have a good number of passengers on board. In normal circumstances all the seats would be used as well as allowing standing passengers. All that has been put into the long grass for the time being, so it doesn't take much to regard the bus as full.

I used buses today for the first time since March as I had an appointment in the centre of Bristol.

I also noticed an A2 to the airport in the city centre using an A1-liveried double-decker. As the A1 service has been suspended until January I suppose it makes sense to use the buses rather than mothball them for months.
 

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Do we know what the problem was. All BA would say its a tech issue,well that can be from front to rear end. Glad he landed in LHR ok and no injuries.
Not that I'm aware. The local rag merely carried this after the aircraft had returned to Heathrow and landed safely.

A spokesperson for British Airways has now confirmed the passenger plane safely touched down in London.

They said: "The aircraft landed safely after our highly trained pilots opted to return to Heathrow as a precaution".
 

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I hadn't realised that this part of the Temple Meads complex was not owned by Network Rail that owns and manages the rest of the station. It is now following the purchase from the city council.

I remember trains using Brunel's Old Station in the 1950s and 60s until closure in the mid 60s. Trains from the Midlands and North using the 'Midland' route into Bristol via Mangotsfield, Staple Hill and the Fishponds bank (now a cycleway and footpath and part of the Bristol to Bath cycle path) would use what was then platform 13 at Temple Meads. The Jubilee class locomotives were the main motive power. I was not a train spotter but have always been interested in public transport.

Had the government not pulled the plug on electrification into Bristol there was talk that the electric trains to London would have used the eastern end of the Old Station.

Many people think that the two most prominent features of Temple Meads - the Gothic clock tower and the magnificent glass roof - were designed by Brunel. In fact, they didn't appear until after the Great Engineer's death when his original station was being extended. The man responsible for these later features and others was Matthew Digby Wyatt, who had been an associate of Brunel.
 
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