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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: 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 ( or drop us a line at 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 b) to explore opportunities to improve the network in our area via increased parking locations on land in both the public & private sector (contact 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 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: 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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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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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:
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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:
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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 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: For information on all our works in the South West please follow us on X (formerly Twitter) @HighwaysSWEST
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Fuelling Our Tomorrow with Avon Lodge Truckstop … and others

Date: Thurs. Sept. 28th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: Avon Lodge TruckstopVenue: Avon Lodge Cafe, Avon Lodge Truckstop, Third Way, Avonmouth. BS11 9YP Onroute Truckstop’s Avon Lodge invites you to join them for September’s Business Breakfast.We have an exciting programme lined up for you, including a ‘Build-a-Bap’ breakfast. You can choose from a number of fillings, together with  Lavazza coffee to help start your day.There’s also a bike clinic if you’d like a tune up; and local guest speakers! Please join us at September’s Business Breakfast and find out more … The agenda will include: Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology  – local manufacturer with a key to sustainability globally The Real Wrap Company – telling us about their rapid growth in Avonmouth Avon Lodge Truckstop and its important role in the area. It’s not just a Truckstop! Mabanaft, Onroute Truckstop’s parent; and their fuels innovation including ammonia and hydrogen We are delighted to welcome The Real Wrap Company and Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology who will be joining us to talk about their organisations, how they are evolving locally and supporting the local economy.We’ll also talk about the local challenges across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) in providing sufficient and accessible lorry parking;  access to good quality catering facilities available to the workforce; and the need for more travel hubs supporting sustainable travel.There’ll also be an update on the progress of the bid to fund a Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan (LIDP) for a West of England Industrial Cluster with PAS as its hub; and Mabanaft, OneRoute Truckstop’s parent company, will be sharing the innovative work they are doing to decarbonise fuels for tomorrow, including around ammonia and hydrogen.And if you’d like to check in for the Bike Clinic – a free 30 minute safety check with minor repairs possible. (You’ll get a report card (bike ‘MOT’!) and maintenance tips) – you can book a slot here Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on September 28th 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 time of booking
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M5 junction 15 Almondsbury and junction 16 Patchway bridge deck refurbishment – 31 July 2023 to Summer 2024

From National Highways: The bridges on the M5 at junctions 15 and 16 (Almondsbury and Patchway) are now over 50 years old and in need of refurbishment. Waterproofing, surfacing, expansion joints and repairs to the concrete are needed to maintain bridge deck integrity. This is part of ongoing bridge refurbishment works by the local National Highways South West team. We’ve organised the work to overlap with the M4/M5 dynamic hard shoulder enhancements – reducing how long traffic management will be in place and enabling our contractors to share resources and cut costs. The M5 bridge refurbishment works have been planned to avoid the peak summer getaway season, but some preparatory work will be carried out in advance. Summary of works 31 July 2023 to end August 2023 (approx 1 month) Preparation work commenced. Overnight closures (20:00 to 06:00 subject to traffic flow) in place between M5 J15 and  M5 J17. September 2023 Narrow lanes in place 24/7 Bridge refurbishment preparation works continue including construction of a crossover. October 2023 Contraflow in place The bridge deck works will be carried out in 4 distinct phases, each one requiring a change in the contraflow layout. The project will be running until Summer 2024. There is no information as to how long the contraflow will be in operation National Highways project page can be found here:
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M4 J22 Pilning – 23A Magor essential carriageway repairs – 22nd May for 3 nights westbound; 30th May for 3 nights eastbound

Essential works to carry out carriageway patch repairs at various locations will commence on 22 May for 3 nights westbound and from 30 May for 3 nights eastbound. The work will be carried out at night between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00. Full carriageway closure. 22/05/2023 – 25/05/2023M4 westbound closed from J22 Pilning to J23A Magor. M48 westbound closed from J2 Newhouse to J23 Rogiet.This road must also be closed to prevent access to the roadworks area on the M4. 30/05/2023 – 02/06/2023M4 eastbound closed from J23A Magor to J22 Pilning.M48 eastbound closed from J23 Rogiet to J2 Newhouse. This road must also be closed to prevent access to the roadworks area on the M4.In order to provide the necessary safety zones and minimise disruption and congestion to the travelling public, the works will be carried out at night. Diversions Diverted traffic over 15ft in height will use M5 – M50 – A40 – A449. Diverted traffic under 15ft i height will use the A48 through Chepstow. Map: see below
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Hinkley Connection Project – M5 Overnight Closures starting Tues. 25th April ’23

Location: M5 between Junction 19 and 21Works: The closures are to enable the installation of  the wires on the newly constructed T-pylons next to the M5, and removal of  wires from the nearby line of existing lattice pylons.Duration and Dates Closure 1: 3 nights – Tues. 25th, Weds. 26th, Thurs. 27th AprilDuration and Dates Closure 2:  2 nights – Sat. 10th and Sun. 11th JuneTimes: Closures will take place between the hours of 22:00 and 05:00.Traffic Mgt.: M5 will be fully closed overnight in both directions between junctions 19 and 20 for all vehicles, and junctions 19 and 21 for HGVsNorthbound trafficThe diversion will be in place for all vehicles from junction 21 along the A370 and the A4, re-joining the motorway at junction 18.There will also be an additional diversion route for light vehicles only, from junction 20 at Clevedon, along the B3130 and B3128 to the A370.Southbound trafficA diversion route will be in place from junction 18 along the A4 and A370, re-joining the motorway at junction 21. This diversion route is for all vehicles. There will also be an additional diversion route heading southbound for light vehicles only. This will be in place from junction 19, along the A369 and B3128 and onto the A370.Please Note: Clean Air Zone charge lifted during M5 closures: Bristol City Council has confirmed its Clean Air Zone charge will be lifted on the diversion routes while this work to help connect low carbon energy to homes and businesses takes place.Map: see below Additional Closure: Friday 12 May – overnight closure of Junction 18a slip road between 10.30pm and 2.00am.