Improvements to the junction between the M4 and M5 in Bristol will still go ahead it was announced in the government Spending Review.  The hard shoulder will be opened up to traffic and variable speed limits introduced in the north of the city as part of works due to start this year.

But policing and council services in Bristol will be affected by the cuts.  Avon and Somerset Police said it was too early to speculate on the effect the review would have on the force. The Spending Review was screened live in Bristol’s Millennium Square, but few turned out to watch it.

The funding guarantee was given by Chancellor George Osborne as he announced more than