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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.

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National Grid Hinkley Connection Project – work at Avonmouth

Western Power Distribution (WPD) and its contractor, Balfour Beatty, are modifying their substation on Avonmouth Way and replacing 2km of pylons going north out of the substation with underground cable. This construction activity will take place between spring 2019 and summer 2020.

More information here

A ‘No waiting’ restriction (approved by Bristol City Council) has been introduced on the north side of Avonmouth Way from Lescren Way to the cul-de-sac at the end of the road (see map). This will enable contractors to work safely, efficiently and with as little disruption to businesses as possible. We hope this will help to alleviate congestion, and increase visibility and safety for all users of Avonmouth Way.

National Grid is committed to being a good neighbour and want to reassure you that we are aiming to reduce disruption and inconvenience as much as possible. If you have any questions and to find out more about the new connection, please contact our team on 0800 377 7347 or [email protected]
For further information, visit www.hinkleyconnection.co.uk

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M48 Severn Crossing Diversion in place from

Highways England has informed us that further work is underway to remove the toll plaza and enable continuous travel at 70 mph.

Traffic management was put in place on the Westbound carriageway on Tuesday 23rd April.
A diversion is now in place for the next 8 weeks. 
Drivers are diverted off M48 at junction 1 exit slip road and return to the route via the junction 1 entry slip road (this is a tried and tested diversion used during high winds).
Please note there will be a full westbound daytime closure of the M48 Severn Crossing on Sunday, April 28 between 7am and 7pm.

Highways England is encouraging drivers to consider using the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge to aid their journey during this period. The diversion is short but may cause congestion in peak periods.

Please allow plenty of time for your journey.

The notification letter from Highways England is available here.

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M5 Junction 20 to Junction 18 northbound resurfacing works – 2 May to 24 June 2019

Highways England has informed us that they will be resurfacing the M5 between Junctions 18 (Avonmouth) and 20 (Clevedon) starting on Thurs. 2nd May until Monday 24th June 2019. The work will be carried out overnight using lane closures, Monday to Friday except for the evening of 6 May which is a bank holiday.

Full closures will be necessary at the northbound slip roads at Junction 19, and the main carriageway between the slips, on a number of occasions as follows:

M5 Junction 19 northbound exit slip road: 4 June, 7 June, 12 June, 13 & 14 June, 17 – 21 June 2019 – closed overnight 8pm to 6am
M5 northbound full closure at junction 19, between the slip roads: 10 May, 13 May and 3 June 2019 – closed overnight 8pm to 6am
M5 Junction 19 northbound entry slip road: 31 May and 13 June 2019 – closed overnight 8pm to 6am

 

Diversion routes during the closures
Diversion routes M5 Junction 19 northbound exit slip road closure Diversion: continue northbound, exit at junction 18, circulate St Brendan’s roundabout and re-join M5 southbound exiting at junction 19.

M5 northbound full closure at junction 19, between the slip roads Diversion: exit slip at junction 19, A369 and back onto the entry slip at junction 19

M5 Junction 19 northbound entry slip road closure Diversion: join the M5 southbound, exit at junction 20, circulate the roundabout and rejoin the M5 northbound.

Highways England apologises in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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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Sign up by May 21st to participate in the Travelwest Challenge 2019

The FREE TravelWest Challenge is an annual event which encourages businesses across the West of England to challenge themselves and each other to walk, cycle, lift share, or catch the bus/train to work over the 6 week challenge. It’s a friendly competition in which individuals have the chance to earn rewards and win prizes!

The TravelWest challenge starts Monday 10 June and is run through the Better Points app. Individuals log each journey they’ve made using sustainable transport, automatically entering them into prize draws and adding their results to a company leader board.

In order to register your business for the challenge, please click HERE and fill in a short sign up form by 21st May.

Once you register, TravelWest will be in touch closer to the Challenge start date to help you promote this to your staff.

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Have your say on proposed walking and cycling route from Portway through Avonmouth Village to St. Andrew’s Road

 

Please come and join us in Avonmouth Community Centre for a Drop In Event. Tuesday 14th May from 15:30 until 18:30.

We would like your views on the proposed walking and cycling route from Portway through Avonmouth Village to St. Andrew’s Road and Crowley Way.

The route will be laid out in one very long poster to bring it to life.

Refreshments and delicious cake will be available.

 

Please encourage your walking and cycling champions to come along and meet us.

 

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Sustainable Travel Grant Round open from 1st to 31st May for N. Somerset businesses 

North Somerset Sustainable Travel Grants applications are open from 1st May to the 31st May.

An application form is available here. Applications should be returned to [email protected]

The match funded grants are designed to help make active travel a more appealing option. Recent schemes have included installation of staff showers, electric pool bikes, accessible cycle parking shelters and sustainable travel notice boards. 

If you have any questions about cycle parking or the grants scheme, or information about potential suppliers, please get in touch with Ruby Tobin ([email protected]), Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Officer (Business Engagement), N. Somerset Council.

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Accolade Wines Wind Turbine Lift this weekend. Kings Weston Lane diversion

Accolade Wines wind turbine will be arriving on site, and lifted, this weekend.
The tower sections will be delivered on Saturday 11th May for lift on the day.
The blade sections will be delivered on Sunday 12th May for lift on the day.

To enable the deliveries and the lifting a short road section of Kings Weston Lane (see map below, shown in blue) will be closed from 06:00 on Saturday 11th May until 18:00 on Sunday 12th May.  Traffic will be diverted along Merebank Road, Poplar Way West, Smoke Lane and St. Andrew’s Road and vice versa. No entrances to businesses will be blocked.

All deliveries of the tower and blade sections will be police escorted.

Accolade Wines apologises for any inconvenience caused.