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.”
You may be aware that the Severn Beach Rail Service into Avonmouth and Severn Beach has been reduced considerably since last Monday with the introduction of an emergency timetable. GWR’s timetables are being updated on a weekly basis. Severnside Community Rail Partnership (SCRP) and GWR would like to understand whether this current emergency timetable is meeting the needs of you and your employees who are continuing to work across the area. Please email or call (07969 569 444) to let us know. An extract of the new timetable is here, as an image below or find it here. Find out more about Public Transport serving the area here.
We are refocusing our activities to provide the support you need over the coming weeks. We can support your staff who need to continue to travel to and from work and don’t have access to a car and/or public transport or would prefer not to use public transport. We will be able to continue to offer the following support: FREE personalised route planning, maps and advice for walking and cycling on the phone or via emailAdvice on options to loan a bike for FREE locallyFREE 1 to 1 cycle training and confidence sessions outdoors. Please get in touch if you would like travel advice or would like to suggest how we can help: Sam Marsh, [email protected] 07367 064117Alexa Bingham, [email protected] 07786 984063 Stay in touch with the services and support we’re offering here. Our previously planned cycling and walking group activities will be rescheduled to run later in the year (as and when possible). Follow us on Facebook for updates or click here to sign up to our Ride & Stride newsletter.
We’ve had a call from the Foodbank for support. Can you help? Are you able to donate medium sized cardboard boxes to the Bristol North West Foodbank based in Avonmouth village. They are pre-packing 1000 emergency food boxes over the next two weeks, to be prepared to deliver emergency food to those in poverty who are needing to self-isolate because of the virus. This is an urgent call out. Please could you contact our Foodbank office on 0117 9235343 or email Emma Murray the Foodbank Manager on [email protected] if anyone has any non perishable food to spare they would be so grateful for any donations.Volunteers welcome too.
Work will begin on Wednesday 12th February to construct bellmouth entrances and recinstruct the pavement outside Portside Park. This is the new development opposite Accolade Wines and close to the junction with St. Andrew’s Road. Phase 1 of the works is to construct the East Bellmouth and will run until Fri 21st February. Whenever possible the work will be undertaken without the need for traffic management, and enabling two way traffic. For the safety of the construction staff and other road users single lane working will be necessary on one half day (12th Feb from 09:30) and two full days (Mon. 17th Feb and Thu. 20th Feb).During this time, traffic management will be via Priority Working with priority given to traffic turning into Kings Weston Lane from St. Andrew’s Road. When single carriageway working is underway, we would advise traffic travelling from Kings Weston Lane to St. Andrew’s Road to consider diverting via Merebank Rd and Poplar Way West. Phase 1: East Bellmouth Programme If you have any concerns about the impact of these works please email / call Kate Royston at SevernNet (07969 569 444), Dale Linnell at Bristol City Council (07584 270819) and/or Brett Cartwright at AH Construction (07918 162 196). Phase 2 is planned to run from 24th Feb to the 3rd March and Phase 3 from 3rd March to 17th March 2020.Timings may change due to weather or other unexpected delays. We will do our best to keep you informed.
On Thurs Nov 7th we’re looking at the opportunities for adding value to plastic streams across the area that can’t be eliminated or substituted.The objective – to share learning about good practice across the area, and elsewhere, and identify next steps that could benefit your business, the local area and our environment more widely.Date and Time: Thurs Nov 7th – 09:30 to 13:00Location: St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd., Avonmouth. BS11 9DQRSVP to [email protected] collaborative event, we welcome your contributions to the agenda including examples of good practice and case studies. A local example: The Port of Amsterdam: https://www.portofamsterdam.com/en/business/settlement/plastic-in-the-port-bring-it-on#video Background There’s much discussion about the place of plastics in our future economy. Many applications of single use plastic could be eliminated or substituted, while plastic will remain an important material for some applications. We’ve been informed and inspired by the work of some of the area’s leading businesses, and by the collaborative approach being taken by the Port of Amsterdam and stakeholders to develop a circular approach to plastics that adds value to the materials and the local economy. We believe there is potential for a similar approach here. This event is a first step.
HE is installing a driver information and queue protection system along this stretch of the motorway to provide motorists with real time traffic information and allow HE’s control room to monitor conditions on the road. Overnight closures will be in place for the installation of of a superspan gantry as follows: 4 & 5 November 2019 – north and southbound closure 22:00 to 06:006 & 7 November 2019 – northbound closure 21:00 to 06:00 + southbound closure 22:00 to 06:0011 November 2019 – northbound closure 21:00 to 06:00 + southbound closure 22:00 to 06:0012 -14 November 2019 – north and southbound closure 22:00 to 06:00 Traffic managementFully signed diversions will be in place. Northbound traffic will be diverted via the M49, M4 and back to the M5.Southbound traffic will be diverted to the M5 northbound, M4, M49 and back to the M5
This work is being coordinated to ensure that access is maintained on one or other of the bridges for the duration of this work. See table below for dates The precise dates and times of the works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Where possible, Highways England will keep you updated of significant changes via advance roadside warning signs, press notices and Twitter