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Severn Beach Rail Service – Reduced Service – Feedback Requested

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.
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Helping your staff get to work at this time

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.
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Portside Park roadworks on Kings Weston Lane starting Weds 12th Feb. 

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.
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M5 junction 17 to junction 18 overnight closures (week nights only) from 4th Nov 19

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
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M48 & M4 Severn Bridges maintenance closures

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
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M5 junction 18 Avonmouth interchange overbridge deck repairs from – weekends from Fri. 8/11/19

Highways England (HE’s) works in April revealed unforeseen damage to concrete on the M5 junction18 interchange. A solution has now been developed to rectify this. The work needs to be done asap. This next phase of the programme includes replacing sections of concrete and installing new bridge joints. To ensure the concrete has a chance to cure properly it will be necessary to close a section of the interchange. To minimise disruption the work will be carried out overnight over the course of 6 consecutive weekends starting on Fri. 8th Nov.During the working week the carriageway will be open as usual.Please note: these works will not affect the main Avonmouth Bridge which spans the River Avon. M5 junction 18 interchange overbridge 24/7 weekend closures: Westbound closures will be in place from 20:00 on the Friday evening until 06:00 on the Monday morning over the following weekends: Fri 8 Nov to Mon 11 Nov Fri 15 Nov to Mon 18 NovFri 22 Nov to Mon 25 NovFri 29 Nov to Mon  2 Dec Fri  6 Dec to Mon  9 DecFri 13 Dec to Mon 16 Dec Eastbound closures will be in place from 06:00 on the Sat morning until 06:00 on the Monday morning over the following weekends: Sat  9 Nov to Mon 11 Nov Sat 16 Nov to Mon 18 NovSat 23 Nov to Mon 25 NovSat 30 Nov to Mon  2 Dec Sat   7 Dec to Mon  9 DecSat 14 Dec to Mon 16 Dec Traffic management M5 junction 18 southbound exit-slip 24/7 weekend closureTraffic wishing to leave the M5 at junction18 southbound will continue to junction19 exit-slip, go around the roundabout and re-join the M5 northbound at junction 19. Motorists will then be directed to leave the M5 at junction 18a exit-slip to continue their journey. M49 southbound overnight closures and daytime lane restrictionsRestrictions will be in place on the M49 to prevent traffic accessing the above works area.The M49 southbound (adjoining M5 junction 18 southbound, please see map below) will be closed overnight on Friday, Saturday & Sunday (8pm to 6am), traffic will be diverted via Almondsbury Interchange and J19.Saturday and Sunday daytime (6am to 8pm)lane 1 southbound will be reopened,but traffic will not be permitted to access Avonmouth via the junction 18a overbridge. Those wishing to travel to Avonmouth will be diverted via M5 junction 19 to return on the northbound carriageway and leave the M5 at junction 18a exit-slip. St Brendan’s roundabout access to M5Motorists wishing to join the M5 from St Brendan’s roundabout will be diverted via M5 northbound where they will be able to join the southbound carriageway at junction17. This diversion will be in place throughout the 24/7 weekend closure. Download the above as a letter from Highways England here.
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Farm Lane (NCN4) closed to walking and cycling from October 28th until October 30th

PLEASE COULD YOU INFORM YOUR STAFF WHO MAY BE AFFECTED. Farm Lane (NCN4), which supports walking and cycling between Cribbs Causeway and Severn Beach will be closed for resurfacing between Mon. 28th Oct.(07.30hrs) to Wed. 30th Oct. (18.00hrs). During the closure a signed diversion route via Bowstreet Lane, B4055, A403 and the Western Approach Distribution Park will be in place. Please see map here. This diversion unfortunately adds a significant additional distance to the journey. We haven’t been able to identify an alternative cycle-fit diversion. You may want to check out our maps here to look for any alternatives and keep an eye on the Severn Ride and Stride facebook page here. If you find a suitable route perhaps you could let us know and we can pass it on. The bridleways and footpaths are all quite muddy at the moment.  S. Glos. Council apologise for the inconvenience. This work is part of the programme to improve walking & cycling provision between Cribbs Causeway and Severn Beach via Western Approach funded by Highways England.
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M48 and M49 Closures this weekend

Drivers are advised to plan ahead as the final phase of work to create a free-flowing motorway with a 70mph speed limit on the M48 Severn Bridge is currently under way. Various closures are taking place this coming weekend 21-24 June 2019:

The M48 bridge (J1-2) will be totally closed in both directions from 11pm Friday 21 June 2019 to 6am on Monday 24 June 2019
The M48 westbound from the M4 J21 to M48 J1 will be closed from 11pm Friday 21 June 2019 to 6am on Monday 24 June 2019

Drivers are asked to use the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge as an alternative route.
For access to Aust, drivers will be asked to use the M5 J18 at Avonmouth and the A403.
A diversion route map for the M48 closure can be downloaded here..

We also want customers to be aware that the M49 will be closed for the weekend.
A giant 500-tonne crane will be used to lift a new bridge into place over the weekend (21-24 June) as part of work to create a new elevated junction on the M49 and a much-needed connection into the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area from the motorway network.
The M49 will be closed for the weekend, from 8pm on Friday, 21 June to 6am on Monday, 24 June, to enable this key part of the project, which will see bridge beams, decking and other infrastructure lifted into place immediately next to the existing bridge at Farm Lane.

While the M48 Severn Bridge is closed this weekend, Highways England will also be taking the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance work with teams working on opposite sides of the carriageway each night to fully utilise the closures and get as much done as possible.
Overnight closures for alternate carriageways are also planned between 24 June and 6 July while this maintenance work is completed. This should avoid further closures for maintenance in future.

Highways England’s traffic officers will be monitoring traffic flows from the Regional Operations Centre and advising drivers via signage where necessary. Work on the M4 Prince of Wales bridge was completed at the end of May and it has already been returned to a 70mph motorway. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes to it. Please monitor www.trafficengland.com to keep up to date, as well as following us on Twitter @HighwaysSWEST. We will make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to an absolute minimum. If you have any queries or comments about the work, or would like further information please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: [email protected]

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M49 Junction Second Bridge Lift – M49 Closure – Friday 21st June (20:00) to Monday 24 June (06:00)

Highways England will shortly be carrying out works to lift the second bridge into place on the motorway.
The M49 will be closed throughout the bridge installation and a diversion will be in place.

The work will take place from Friday 21st June at 20:00 to Monday 24 June at 06:00.

Highways England (HE) also has two contingency weekends planned for:
20:00 Friday 28 June – 06:00 Monday 1 July
20:00 Friday 5 July – 06:00 Monday 8 July

HE always aim to work to the programme; however, unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean they have to make late changes. They’ll notify you of any major amendments within the programme via advance roadside warning signs and on their website. You can also follow them on Twitter where they’ll tweet any
changes to the road closures; @HighwaysSWest.

For more on the M49 Junction you can download HE’s May newsletter here.