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Economic Recovery & Renewal across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside

July Business Breakfast – Thurs. Jul. 22nd 2021 from 08:00 to 09:00. We were delighted to be joined by Stephen Peacock. Stephen is an Executive Director at Bristol City Council responsible for Regeneration & Growth. We’d like to offer our thanks once again to Stephen for taking the time to join us. It was much appreciated. We hope that the event has helped understanding of the area and of the opportunities we all have to work together; and we look forward to further discussion. SevernNet presented a ‘Future for Portbury Avonmouth Severnside’. We welcome any comments or thoughts you may have on this; and would like to use it as a basis for developing a collaborative shared vision and for discussion around place making. Do please get involved and get in touch (info@severnnet.org). We discussed the Bristol One City Economic Recovery and Renewal strategy which was published in October last year. Here’s a link. This includes Avonmouth as one of Bristol’s seven priority places. The aim is to develop an area based economic strategy for Avonmouth which maximises the locational advantages and sectoral strengths It’s good to see that there are many shared goals and aspirations between the SevernNet presentation and the strategy above; and the recognition that more needs to be done to break down some of the silos created by local authority (LA) boundaries, and within LAs themselves. We need to see better integration between the needs of Transport, Employment & Skills and Circular Economy and how they can come together to support placemaking and strengthening the community. Progressing the Portbury Avonmouth Severnside Transport Strategy must also be seen as a priority, along with the M49 Junction, and the need for orbital as well as radial routes to support the area. Please follow up with us if you would like to discuss further and/or get more involved; and thanks to everyone who attended for a very worthwhile event. The next Business Breakfast is on Thursday September 23rd. Our guest will be Dan Norris, the newly elected Mayor of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA). The link to sign up is here. Please join us.
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BT fibre installation work at corner of Kings Weston Lane and Merebank Road on Tues 27th July for 3 days

Works:   BT- installation of fibre cable in to an existing BT duct.Location:  Kings Weston Lane & Merebank Road junction Duration & Dates:  3 days from Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29th July 2021 Times:   08:00-17:00 daily Traffic Management:  See picture.There will be three portable traffic signal heads in place:- On Merebank controlling traffic outbound, left and right in to KWL- On KWL heading inbound to Avonmouth (St Andrews Road) and right in to Merebank Road- On KWL heading outbound to Lawrence Weston and left in to Merebank RoadOperatives will be on site to manually manage lights and release traffic to avoid congestion
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GWR Reduction in services due to staff shortages

From GWR …From Monday 26th July, our Bristol to Weston services will be cancelled on weekdays and Saturdays. We will be putting in additional stops on our local services to ensure stations on this line are still served. We will also be removing two journeys in each direction from Bristol Parkway to London Paddington. An hourly service will remain on this route throughout the day.For clarification Bristol-Weston local services will not run, instead our Bristol-Taunton services will call additionally at stations between Bristol and Weston. Our High Speed train services between London-Weston/Taunton will continue to operate as planned. We will make customers aware of these changes through our website, media, station posters, on board announcements and have liaised with Network Rail to update journey planners as quickly as possible so that the correct timetable is available through online journey planners by Saturday morning.  We will also be contacting customers directly where they booked online and will be offering customers with Advance purchase tickets the opportunity to use their tickets on the nearest alternative services, or offering full refunds. Making these changes now will mean that we can reduce ad hoc, last minute cancellations, helping customers to better plan for their journey.   We are continuing to monitor the situation with test and trace and will restore these services as soon as we can.Please also see item below relating to impact of the Bristol Rail Regeneration programme and disruptions.
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Bristol Rail Regeneration Programme and disruption impacts July to Sept 2021

Major railway upgrade work will be taking place in the Bristol area over the eight weeks from Saturday 10 July – Friday 3 September. The first phase will be running from Saturday 10 July – Friday 6 August. Here’s a link to an 11 minute streamed video to explain the programme. This link provides detailed information and maps. In the Bristol area passengers will be affected for varying lengths of time and at different periods between these dates. Some journey times will change, and customers will need to check their journey before travel. Services between Bristol Temple Meads and South Wales, Gloucester as well as local stopping services are affected; with buses on some routes and some changes in journey patterns. Notably passengers travelling to and from the following locations will be affected: Cardiff and NewportCheltenham and GloucesterWestbury to Bristol Temple Meads via BathServices to Filton Abbey WoodServices to London PaddingtonSuburban lines into Bristol  Long distance services for London, South Wales, the Midlands, the North and the South West will continue to operate throughout this period. GWR and Network Rail have produced a set of resources to help explain to employers and colleagues the impact of the works. These can be downloaded as a zip file here: toolkit of resources.They are also available individually below. Severn Beach Line ImpactDownload the table here. GWR and Network Rail advice that you check before you travel over this period www.nationalrail.co.ukwww.GWR.com/Bristolwww.Crosscountrytrains.co.uk/bristol GWR Customer Poster GWR Customer leaflet explaining each phase of works Employer self print poster with QR code which takes you to web page explaining stages with supporting maps Links to additional resources: Bristol rail regeneration programme video – word document with details and link for video Bristol railway work Toolkit newsletter article – word document wit some short text for a newsletter Cross Country station poster – pdf highlighting impact to Cross Country services Employer Twitter or web graphic
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Travel & Transport at June’s Business Breakfast – Th. Jun 24th 08-09

Date:Thurs. Jun. 24th from 08:00 to 09:00.Venue: Zoom – link to be sent with Joining Instructions on 23rd June.Host:   SevernNet Getting into, around and out of Portbury Avonmouth Severnside continues to be a challenge for many, whether you’re a resident, colleague or delivering goods and services. There’s been much promise over the years of improvements to the rail system with delivery dates seeming to shift like the sands! There’s been improvements to active travel over the last five to six years which are making a difference to some. Severn Ride & Stride has been popular and the recently opened Lawrence Weston Bike Hub is delivering much needed services. … but there remains much still to do! Please join us and share your views as we seek to get more attention on the needs for Travel and Transport across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside ahead of our next Transport Forum on Weds 14th July. Register here for June’s Business Breakfast We’ll be hosting via Zoom. And also encouraging you and your colleagues to take part in the Clean Air Challenge  which starts today across Bristol – and Portbury Avonmouth Severnside. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning, 24th June Book your ticket now SevernNet Virtual 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. You’ll have to bring your own breakfast! 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 J19 southbound exit/entry-slip overnight closure – 16th Jan ’21

To alleviate congestion at J19 of the M5, Highways England is reconfiguring the lanes within the exit-slip and roundabout to allow traffic to flow more freely. An overnight closure of the southbound exit and entry-slips is planned for Sat. 16th January 2021. There will be no access onto the J19 gyratory between these points from 20:00  in the evening until 06:00 the following morning.M5 J19 will be closed from the exit slip round to the entry slip and there will be no access to Gordano Services from the M5. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place as agreed with N. Somerset and Bristol City Council. Please note: the B3124 is unsuitable for heavy vehicles and does not form part of the diversion route. Highways England would encourage all drivers to stick to the officially signed diversion route.
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M5 J14 to J18 resurfacing works

We have been informed by Highways England that essential surfacing works need to be carried out on the M5 north bound between junction 18 and junction 14. Sections of the M5 northbound willl need to be fully closed overnight. The work will be carried out in phases, starting on the evening of Mon.18th Jan ’21 and finishing on the morning of Sat 27th Feb ’21. It will take place overnight on weekdays only between 8pm and 6am. The phases are as follows: 18/1/21 to 21/1/21 – overnight closure of the M5 northbound between junction 18 and junction 1522/1/21 to 17/2/21 – overnight closure of the M5 northbound between junction 17 and junction 1618/2/21 to 27/2/21 overnight closure of the M5 northbound between junction 16 junction 1422 January, 16 February and 22 February – complete closure of the M5 junction 16 entry slip17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26 February – closure of J16 to M5 North traffic Whilst work is happening, a fully signed diversion route will be in place. Please allow extra time for your journey
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It’s Road Safety Week 2020 – No Need to Speed

This is a call to action … we’re inviting you to get involved in Road Safety Week 2020 running until 22nd November . SevernNet and Severn Ride and Stride are committed to improving road safety for those who drive, walk, cycle and ride in the area. With recent serious accidents, we really need to work together to improve awareness. We’d also like to offer our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the people who recently died on the roads in this area. Road Safety Week is the UK’s biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake, the road safety charity. The theme for 2020 is NO NEED TO SPEED. You can sign up here.We encourage you to get involved by sharing the message this week with colleagues, printing the posters below and putting up in prominent places e.g. on the way to the car park. You can also invite colleagues to take a selfie with a poster to share to spread the message. There are a number of different posters to choose (see below). If photos are uploaded to social media you could add @SevernRideandStride and #Roadsafetyweek2020. If you’d like more information on the above or have any questions please email There are information and resources on The Road Safety Week website and we’ve brought lots of material together here on SevernNet Ride and Stride Road Safety page.Additional resources we can signpost you to include: Free driver training currently via ZoomFree motorcycle trainingHGV awarenessFree basic or advanced cycling training  If you’d like more information on the above or have any questions please email
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Laying of fibre optic cable between Merebank Rd, Kings Weston Lane and Access 18 – Mon. 16th – Wed. 18th Nov.

Work will be undertaken over the three days from Mon. 16th to Wed. 18th November to lay a fibre optic cable duct from the junction of Merebank Rd and Kings Weston Lane, along Kings Weston Road and into and across Access 18. The nature of the works is such that it can only be done during the working week and daylight hours. To minimise impact on morning and afternoon peaks the works will commence at 09:30 and run until 15:30 on each day. Manned traffic management will be in place throughout to help minimise congestion (see below) Any questions or concerns please get in touch by email. Phase 1 Traffic management Three way lights with manually operated STOP/GO boards at Boundary Rd. Phases 2 and 3 Traffic Management Rolling 2-way traffic signals as work progresses between Boundary Road and Access 18 entrance, with manually operated STOP/GO boards at Access 18 entrance