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Scooters and bikes as Sustainable Transport Options & Renewable Energy Opportunities

Date: Thurs. March 28th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: SevernNet with TIER and Ameresco / City LeapVenue: St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9DJ Thanks to everyone who joined us for March’s Business Breakfast and very many thanks to our speakers: Julian Miller from Ameresco Mark Atkins and Callum Dixon from TIER Justin Reeve from West of England Combined Authority Thanks also to Anne Hayes and colleagues from The Bristol Port Company who enabled the demonstration area and the Dr. Bike, together with Sam Marsh from SevernNet/Bike Bristol. For March’s Business Breakfast we brought you two important topics which proved to be of great interest:- Renewable Energy investment opportunities and how these may be realised- Micro-mobility as a key modal option for sustainable transport … and how TIER is able to support this Following introductions SevernNet provided a short update on the progress of the Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan project for the West of England Industrial Cluster. With Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) as its hub, we have the opportunity this year to bring together, and support, PAS businesses to develop their net zero journey planning; and take advantage of potential collaborative approaches and infrastructure. At our last breakfast (more details here: https://severnnet.org/news/get-stuck-in-with-industrial-decarbonisation/) Rhianydd Griffith asked if businesses could pilot our initial stakeholder survey. We’d like to thank everyone who supported this and provided initial feedback which is all being incorporated into a more detailed survey. This will be distributed later next month, and will ask for actual data on energy consumption and emissions, and projects in your pipeline. This will be essential information to help develop the plan. Opportunities for Renewable Generation in PAS Julian Miller (Ameresco) reminded us that renewable generation will be part of the solution for decarbonisation plans across the area; and we need to consider how this can be achieved, and support the demand for increasing electrification, given the limited grid capacity. This may take a number of different forms, including solar, wind and BESS (battery energy storage systems) and can be deployed in different ways including as a microgrid “behind the meter”. The latter can avoid the problem of limited grid capacity. There are different commercial options available. Ameresco, with its City Leap commitment spanning 20 years is able to take a longer term view which can enable more attractive business cases with stable pricing over the long term. Do get involved, and if you’d like to understand options for your business, community, development etc. have a chat to Julian (jumiller@ameresco.com) or drop us a line at lidp@severnnet.org. Julian’s presentation is attached; and is also available to download here Micromobility and TIER. How TIER can support the area, our businesses and community Mark Atkins from TIER stepped us through their progress in deploying e-scooters, e-bikes and e-cargobikes across the West of England and Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) since taking over from Voi. PAS has played an important part with DHL warehousing the vehicles locally. Adoption across the West of England is growing significantly with 1.4m kms travelled by 53.3k users to date in 2024. Availability and growth across PAS has been constrained, we believe, through limited parking spaces and unavailability in the N. Somerset and S. Glos. part of PAS. Mark stepped us through an engaging presentation outlining usage across the area compared to Bristol city centre; and highlighting opportunities to increase the number of parking spaces. To enable TIER to help PAS businesses, colleagues and residents to take greater advantage of the accessibility to sustainable transport offered TIER would like to establish connections with organisations in our area to offer: a) B2B packages to improve sustainable travel for our colleagues (contact mark.atkins@tier.app) b) to explore opportunities to improve the network in our area via increased parking locations on land in both the public & private sector (contact paul.whitaker@tier.app) Mark’s presentation is attached; and is also available to download here. Future Transport Zones Update Justin from West of England Combined Authority provided a shot update on the Future Transport Zones programme that has received £24.4m government funding and started in July 2020. See https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/what-we-do/transport/future-transport-zone/ for more information. Justin highlighted the value of the TIER service in assisting understanding of travel patterns across the West of England. The data from all the journeys is proving to be very informative in developing transport and travel strategy. The FTZ programme has included: E-scooter trial (see TIER above) WESTlink on demand bus service. We understand that there are going to be a number of changes to this service. You can find out more here: https://travelwest.info/westlink/. Also attached the Bristol_North_Zone_Map_2024-web.pdf and Portishead_Zone-Map_2024-web.pdf which are probably most relevant for the area. Transport data hub which will enable innovation into the; and can further help inform transport & Travel strategy, policy and infrastructure investment e-cargo bike trials. The Bristol Port Authority has been one of the beneficiaries; and has resulted in a considerable reduction in van miles. All-in-one journey planner and ticketing app which will provide travellers with different multi-modal travel options and enable ticketing to cover one journey Multi-modal hubs  in strategic places. Eleven locations have been selected across BCC and SGC and it is expected that these will be built out from the summer A key feature of the funding for innovative trials has been the agreement that the programme must track and monitor the success of the trials for at least 12 months; and the programme is being extended to enable this SevernNet Updates Kate Royston and Sam March provided a quick update on traffic and roadworks, Severn Ride&Stride and the next Business Breakfast; and we thanked all those businesses and colleagues who participated in March’s annual Travel To Work Survey (see presentation attached). TIER Demos and Dr. Bike Following the breakfast a number of participants took advantage of the opportunity to have a go on an e-scooter and e-bike; and the Dr. Bike appointments through the morning to ‘tune-up’ their bikes. April’s Business Breakfast We look forward to seeing you in April (Th. April 25th) and we’ll be providing details of the location very shortly. In the meantime if you’d like to book, here’s the registration link.
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Get stuck in with industrial decarbonisation

Date: Thurs. February 22nd from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: SevernNetVenue: St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9DJ February’s Business Breakfast found us back in the Presentation Suite at St. Andrew’s House. Following introductions, Rhianydd Griffith presented an overview of the Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan project (LIDP), including important calls to action for businesses and organisations across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside. You can download the presentation here. Rhianydd has joined SevernNet as the LIDP Stakeholder Engagement Lead. Hynamics We were delighted that Kerry Mullen from Hynamics was able to join us. Hynamics has been involved in the development, generation and supply of hydrogen (H2) for many years. Kerry talked about the evolution, the business model, and provided insightful case study examples from the UK and Europe. You can download Kerry’s presentation here. If you have any questions on the Hynamics business or to discuss potential opportunities, please do contact Kerry Mullen at Kerry.mullen@hynamics.com LIDP This year we have to put together the Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan for the developing West of England Industrial Cluster. This presents us all with lots of opportunities; and we hope that you will get involved as much as you can. This is not about a top down exercise. We’re seeking to understand the energy use, carbon emissions and decarbonisation plans and opportunities from across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside, and the rest of the cluster, by engaging with you, however big or small; and wherever possible supporting the local community to get more involved. As the title of the breakfast suggests, we are starting to gear up….!  We would be very grateful if you could take a look at the calls to action in red in the LIDP slides and let us know if you: would like to take part in our pilot stakeholder survey (thanks to those who volunteered in the room). would like a one-on-one call to discuss your priorities for industrial decarbonisation can introduce us to anyone you think we should be talking to – business, organisation or individual would like to contribute to any of the workstreams set out in the slides (thanks again to those who offered in the room) have any case studies you’d be happy to include in our plan or communications have would like to see any of the topics on slide 14, or any others, featured at our business breakfasts in 2024 have an event you would like us to consider speaking at or attending You can feedback by emailing Rhianydd.Griffith@Severnnet.org  and [cc-ing Kate.Royston@Severnnet.org and admin@severnnet.org] Wrapping up The breakfast concluded with a summary of up and coming roadworks across the area. These are available here. There was also a reminder that the Travel To Work Survey kicks off next week. We would encourage those businesses who have registered to endeavour to get as many colleagues completing the survey as possible; and if you haven’t registered but would like to take part, please get in touch with either Sam (sam@SevernNet.org) or me. Next breakfast March’s breakfast will be on Th. March 28th. We’ll be in the Presentation Suite again at St. Andrew’s House and we’re excited that we’ll be joined by TIER. TIER is the Combined Authorities supplier of micro-mobility through the turquoise coloured e-scooters and e-bikes you may well be seeing across the area. With the help of The Bristol Port Company we’re aiming to set up an area where you can have a good look at the e-scooters and e-bikes and have a go (they’ll be available until lunchtime if you want to invite colleagues to come and have a look). We’re also keen for you to understand the potential advantages that working with TIER could bring to you as a business. We are also hoping to hear from City Leap and gain a better understanding of the opportunities around renewable power for commercial / industrial property and microgrids. To be confirmed. You can book here: https://SevernNet-Business-Breakfast-Mar24.eventbrite.com Please join us at February’s Business Breakfast and find out mo The agenda is based upon your participation in sharing your plans / thinking on decarbonisation; projects you may already have identified; and support that would be helpful. We’ll also be joined by Kerry Mullin from Hynamics – EDF’s producer and distributor of low carbon and renewable hydrogen. If you’re seeking to/are decarbonising your business/development and/or have lessons, opportunities, services etc. to share please come along! We want to hear from you. Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on February 22nd
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SevernNet is recruiting an Industrial Decarbonisation Circular Economy Facilitator

We’re inviting applications from suitable candidates to join us on our Industrial Decarbonisation planning programme through 2024. SevernNet is a member of a group of stakeholders who have come together to form the West of England Industrial Cluster (WOEIC); and through 2024 we’ll be getting the cluster off the ground through the development of an industrial decarbonisation plan. SevernNet is leading the work on the stakeholder engagement and circular economy development. To support this we’re recruiting: Industrial Decarbonisation Circular Economy Facilitator If you are interested in applying, or no someone who might, please submit applications. The application pack link is above. Applications will be processed, interviews arranged and appointment made as soon as a suitably qualified candidate is confirmed.
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Works to repair sections of A403 between Ironchurch Road and Kings Weston Lane – starting Th. 8th February

Bristol City Council, through its contractors ETM, is undertaking repair works to improve sections of the A403 between Ironchurch Rd and Kings Weston Lane.This is much needed work, as I’m sure you’ll agree! The works to repair sections of St Andrews Road will start at 09:00 on Thursday 8th February and run until 16:00 on Tuesday 13th February (excluding the weekend). After much discussion the traffic management will be by traffic signals, rather than closures. This will be a mixture of 2-way and multi-way signals between Kings Weston Lane and Ironchurch Road, moving depending on where the works need to be done. Due to the depth of tarmac required for this road, the signals will be staying up overnight where needed to allow sufficient time for the tarmac to set. This will mean that there is a significantly reduced chance that the works will need to be repeated in the near future. An alternative, diversion route, will be in place for those who prefer to use it via Poplar Way West, Merebank Road and Kings Weston Lane. This will be an alternative to the signals. See diagram below. There will be no signals etc in place over the weekend.The current schedule for these works is as follows:  4 way signals to be in place on the Iron Church Road junction on 8th – 9th Feb, and will be removed as soon as no longer needed.  3 way signals to be in place on the Kings Weston Lane junction on 12th – 13th Feb, and will be removed as soon as no longer needed.  2 way signals to be in place in between these junctions (only when multiway signals are not in place). We appreciate that these works will be very disruptive. However, we can agree that the maintenance works are essential so need to be completed, and we thank you for your patience over this period.
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Making Asphalt Sustainable – January’s Business Breakfast

Date: Thurs. January 25th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: John WainwrightVenue: Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9EN John Wainwright is an end-to-end supplier of premium aggregate, asphalt and contracting services with a basalt quarry and asphalt plant in the Mendips and a state-of-the-art urban plant in Avonmouth. Avonmouth Asphalt plant uses renewable energy and heat exchange technology, and is set up to make use of Recycled Asphalt Products (RAP). Jody Bennett, Asphalt Business Manager from John Wainwright will give an overview of how one of the most energy hungry production plants in Avonmouth has made huge steps forward with its carbon reduction, sustainability and plans for further reductions and savings in the future. Please join us at January’s Business Breakfast and find out more Asphalt is a product we are all likely to have contact with every day, is vital to everyday life, but which we may not think about very much!The morning’s agenda will include: An introduction to local asphalt production! J. Wainwright’s journey to making asphalt more sustainable Getting involved in the area’s Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan (LIDP) Everything Avonmouth! N. Somerset, Bristol and S, Glos Local Plan consultations and having your say! 2024 Travel To Work Survey and its importance to local provision Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on January 25th Book your ticket here SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There’ll be an opportunity for everyone to introduce yourself and your business. A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at timeof booking. Please note, we depend on our subscribing members to fund our work for you and the area. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here or you can join online here.
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Local Plan Consultations open now

All three of our local authorities across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside have Local Plans out for consultation at the moment. These plans have a significant influence on what is able to be developed across the area and land use policy; and we would encourage you to engage with them if you can. North Somerset Council (NSC) NSC’s Local Plan 2039 info pageNSC’s plan is more advanced than the others, and is now in what is known as the Pre-submission plan (reg 19) consultation period. This runs from 27 November until 5pm on Monday 22 January 2024.A pdf of the plan is available here.Information about how to respond to the consultation is here. Bristol City Council (BCC) BCC’s Local Plan Review info pageBCC’s plan consulation is open now and runs until Friday 26 January 2024A pdf of the main plan document is available here.Information about how to respond to the consultation and supplementary documents are here. South Glos. Council (SGC) SGC’s New Local Plan info pageSGC’s plan is in its Phase 3 consultation period. This runs from 6th December until the 7 February 2024.A pdf of the plan is available here.Information about how to respond to the consultation is here.You can also find out about online and local events here.These include: Almondsbury Old School Hall – Tuesday 23 January 2024 (4.30pm-7.30pm) (venue has limited parking) Easter Compton VIllage Hall – Wednesday 24 January 2024 (4pm-7pm)
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Exciting news! Van drivers can now fuel up with diesel at Avon Lodge

Avon Lodge Truckstop offers a 24/7, pay-at-pump service and accept most major fuel cards including: AS24, International Diesel Service, Keyfuels, Morgan Fuels, and UK Fuels. Find us at Third Way, Avonmouth, BS11 9YP. Need a fuel card? Our group-owned fuel card company Silvey Fleet works with the largest fuel card networks to provides cost-effective, long-term fuel card solutions. Find out more here: https://lnkd.in/ejaYPBWW
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M5 J14 to J17 works – overnight closures 20th to 31st Jan 24

A series of overnight closures will begin on the evening of Saturday 20 January to allow us to carry out preparatory works and reconfigure live lane traffic. We’ll maintain capacity on the M5 via narrow lanes running in both directions between junctions 14 and 17. Southbound traffic will remain on the southbound carriageway with 3 narrow lanes in place. Northbound traffic will see 2 narrow lanes in place on the northbound carriageway  with a third northbound lane running in contraflow on the southbound carriageway. Full overnight closures will be in place as follows: M5 J14 to J17, 9pm in the evening to 6am the following morning (subject to traffic flow)  20, 21 and 22 January – southbound only 23, 24, 25 and 26 January – southbound and northbound 27 and 28 January – northbound only 29, 30 and 31 January – northbound and southbound (J14-15 only) To minimise disruption, we’ll work overnight when there are fewer vehicles on the road. Please follow the signed diversion routes. During the day the road will be open as usual. We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community is kept to a minimum and apologise in advance for any inconvenience these works may cause. If you have any queries or would like more details about the work, please get in touch with our Customer Contact Centre who will direct your question to the most appropriate person, telephone: 0300 123 5000 (open 24/7) or email: info@nationalhighways.co.uk
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Introducing Panattoni Park Avonmouth

Date: Thurs. November 23rd from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: PanattoniVenue: Panattoni Park Avonmouth, Severn Rd., Severn Beach. BS10 7SD Hosts Panattoni will introduce themselves, their recently completed 1.3 million sqft development named ‘Panattoni Park Avonmouth’, and why they have decided to invest £200 million in the local area. Panattoni will be on hand to answer your questions about their new development, the benefits to the local area and the opportunities the development presents to both prospective local and national occupiers. Please join us at November’s Business Breakfast and find out more Panattoni Park Avonmouth The agenda will include: An introduction to Panattoni An overview of Panattoni Park Avonmouth Why Panattoni has invested in the area Questions We’ll also: be joined by the M49J Link Road Project Manager for a project update discuss the collaborative initiative to improve bus services across the area present an update on the developing West of England Industrial Cluster and its supporting Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on November 23rd Book your ticket here SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There’ll be an opportunity for everyone to introduce yourself and your business. A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at timeof booking. About Panattoni Who are we?The world’s largest privately owned industrial developer. Panattoni is the world’s largest privately owned industrial developer, having developed 575 million sq ft to date, with 53 offices across the globe.The Panattoni client list includes more than 2,500 international, national and regional companies, many of whom have completed multiple projects with Panattoni, a testament to our determination to always exceed our client expectations. Please note, we depend on our subscribing members to fund our work for you and the area. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here or you can join online here.
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M5 J14-J17 overnight closures from 2nd to 8th October 2023

National Highways will shortly be carrying out essential works on the M5 between junctions 14 to 17. The works are currently programmed as follows: Monday 2 October to Wednesday 4 October – M5 junction 14 to 17 fully closed in both directions overnight between the hours of 9pm and 6am the following morning. This is to allow us to switch the traffic management in preparation for the first contraflow phase. Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 7 October – M5 junction 14 to 17 fully closed in both directions overnight between the hours of 10pm and 6am the following morning. This is to allow us to switch the traffic management in preparation for the first contraflow phase Sunday 8 October – M5 junction 14 to 17 closed southbound only overnight between the hours of 10pm and 6am the following morning. This is so we can complete the installation of the new contraflow phase. To minimise disruption, we’ll be working overnight when there are fewer vehicles on the road. During the day we will keep the road open as usual. We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community is kept to a minimum, but apologise in advance for any disturbance these works may cause. There will be fully signed diversion routes in place during the full overnight closures of the M5 between J14-17 but please allow extra time for your journey. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes. Please monitor www.trafficengland.com to keep updated. If you would like further information about this work, please contact the National Highways Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, open 24/7, who will direct your enquiry to the most appropriate person, or email: info@nationalhighways.co.uk. For information on all our works in the South West please follow us on X (formerly Twitter) @HighwaysSWEST