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M5 J19 Improvements starting June 29th

To alleviate congestion at J19 of the M5, Highways England (HE) is reconfiguring the lanes within the exit-slip and roundabout to allow traffic to flow more freely. The work will take place in three phases. Preparatory work will begin on 29th June.Wales and West Utilites will then carry out required worksHE will then return to site to complete traffic flow improvement works which is anticipated to be complete in November 2020 Working hours and traffic managementDuring the day the slip road and roundabout will remain open and narrow lanes will be in place.Overnight from 8pm to 6am the slip road and part of the roundabout will be closed.Access to Gordano Services will be maintained where possible. Work will be undertaken overnight from Monday to Friday with some overnight Sunday work when necessary.Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place as agreed with North Somerset and Bristol City Council. HE offers apologies in advance for any disruption this may cause.
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Health & Safety legislation and CV-19 … and Prevention & control of infection in the workplace

At May’s Business Breakfast we were joined by Ashley Borthwick from Womble Bond Dickinson who gave a presentation on Health & Safety legislation and CV-19. You can download the presentation here. Key messages include: HSE legislation includes the need to care for the welfare of employees including mental health.Employers are not expected to completely eliminate risk of CV-19 – think about the risks and do everything reasonably practicable to minimise them.Employees also have a legal responsibility to take reasonable care of their safety and their colleagues, and to cooperate with their employer.Communication and risk assessment is critical to managing workplace safety.Compliance with policies and procedures should be monitored and enforced.   An e-learning short course concerning prevention and control of infection in the workplace is available from Weston College. Download leaflet here The importance of mental health management and first aid was stressed by all. Weston College has information on Mental Heath first aid here.
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M49 Short Closures – Sun June 7th and June 28th – Pylon removal

As part of National Grid’s Hinkley Connection Project, Western Power Distribution (WPD) and its contractor, Balfour Beatty, are making changes to the local distribution network. Part of this involves replacing a section of 132kV overhead line with underground cables between the substation on Avonmouth Way and a new cable sealing end pylon near the M49. The work to install the underground cables is almost complete and the next step is to remove the section of pylons. As the overhead lines cross the M49, the motorway will need to be closed to keep drivers and workers safe when the lines are taken down.Two short closures have been agreed with Highways England, planned at a time to minimise delays to journeys: Sunday 7 June 2020 – from 5.00am to 11.00amSunday 28 June 2020 – from 5.00am to 11.00am. To stay up to date and find more information on all stages of the Hinkley Connection Project, visit the In your area pages on the National Grid website www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk/your-areaOr contact the community relations team on 0800 377 7347 or by email at [email protected]
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Abnormal Load – Tunnel Boring Machine being transported through Avonmouth to Lawrence Weston between Thurs. 4th and Fri. 5th June

The large tunnel boring machine (TBM) which is being used as part of Wessex Water’s North Bristol relief sewer scheme, is expected to be arriving in Lawrence Weston between Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June. We understand that the abnormal indivisible load will transit from the motorway via J18, St. Andrew’s Road and Kings Weston Lane into Lawrence Weston late afternoon today and will be travelling with an escort. The machine will be used to bore a 5.5km underground tunnel from Lawrence Weston to Cribbs Causeway, even going under the M5 motorway, in order to construct the £55m new sewer. If we get any more precise details on time and route we will let you know. You can learn more about the scheme here.
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Urgent maintenance work at junction of St. Andrew’s Rd and Kings Weston Lane (southbound) from Mon 8th June

Work will take up to five days Urgent repairs are needed on the southbound carriageway of St. Andrew’s Rd at junction with Kings Weston Lane. Works are approved from Mon 8th June until Fri 12th June, but anticipated to take three days. Traffic management will be in place throughout with single file traffic required. Traffic management will be manned during peak times.Work will commence at 09:30 on Monday 8th June. Any concerns please email.The image indicates the position of the works and the traffic management which will be in place.
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The NHS gain when you decide the name

SevernNet member Bristol Manor Farm Football Club is a family orientated community based football club which is well supported in Avonmouth, Shirehampton and Sea Mills. The club is located on the Portway and runs alongside the Temple Meads to Severn Beach railway line. A large number of the club’s sponsors advertise on the hoardings that face both the railway line and the Portway. In the current climate, the club has decided to rename their stadium. They are welcoming bids from businesses and/or individuals interested in renaming the stadium and invite you to get in touch.The Bristol Manor Farm Board will make the final decision on the successful bid.The new stadium name will be prominently displayed, including along the fencing that can be clearly seen from the railway line and A4 Portway.The club will donate 50% of the winning bid to local NHS charity ‘Above and Beyond’ (Fundraising for Bristol City Centre hospitals).Please get in touch with Tony Parsons (Commercial Manager – Bristol Manor Farm) by the end of the day on Wednesday 6th May, with any enquiries. Email, phone (0117-968-8250) or mobile (07972-331-851).This initiative will help ensure the survival of the football club and enable a donation to the NHS to whom we are all very grateful.
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Call for Businesses’ Support with PPE

The Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, is calling out to businesses across the area, on behalf of our local NHS and care system in the West of England, to ask for your support in the response to COVID-19. Due to overwhelming and unprecedented demand, there is a serious challenge in supplying the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), which is vital to the safe treatment of COVID-19 patients, to frontline health and care workers. The NHS and care system is seeking donations – large or small – or excess stock of the following PPE components: Fluid-repellent face masksAprons GlovesSafety glassesRe-usable washable gogglesHand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol content). In addition to PPE, there is also need of Perspex bulkheads (which would also need to be installed). These are needed to protect reception and patient transport staff. If you are able to help in any way please contact the NHS and council teams coordinating the response via: [email protected] if they are in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire, [email protected] if they are in Bath and North East Somerset Tim Bowles “I have been proud of the many West of England businesses which have already stepped up to support the national effort to tackle COVID-19. We have always been a region where we work together and support each other, and this has never been more important than at this time of national need. Thank you for your help at this difficult time.”