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M48 Severn Bridge cable inspection works closure weekend from Fri eve 1st July 2022

Update from National Highways”Unfortunately, weather conditions last weekend while we had the M48 bridge closed (25 and 26 June) meant we weren’t able to complete all the necessary works to lift the gantries into place on the support trestles, as it wouldn’t have been safe to do so. As such, weather permitting, a further full closure of the M48 Severn Bridge will be taking place this weekend, from 7pm on Friday 1 July until 6am on Monday 4 July. During the full closure, diversion routes will be in place across the M4 Prince of Wales bridge. The eastbound foot and cycle path will remain open. We weren’t able to safely complete the crane lifting operations to move the gantry platforms from the lorries on the carriageway onto the support trestles due to high winds during the closure. We did however make some good progress, including the installation of gantry support trestles and temporary barriers on the westbound carriageway, removal of redundant electrical cables on the suspension cable at areas critical to the project and removal of lighting columns in close proximity to gantry access platforms. Keep up to date with the works You can keep up to date with the works and read the latest update here:  Getting in touch with National Highways If you would like more 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 of our works in the South West please follow us on Twitter @HighwaysSWEST” 13/6/22 – M48 Severn Bridge cable inspection works starting 22nd June 2022 until Jan 2023 In order to ensure that structures on the Strategic Road Network in England are kept in good condition and remain safe for the public who use them, National Highways need to conduct regular checks to monitor how they are performing and repair any damage that is found. One of these structures is the Severn Bridge carrying the M48 over the River Severn, where we are required to inspect the suspension cables.To carry out these cable inspections and to ensure the safety of both the travelling public and our workforce, long-term lane closures will be put in place. The inspection works will involve the closure of one lane westbound from the 22 June 2022 until around January 2023, and one eastbound starting from July 2022 until around November 2022, with the overall programme of works lasting for around eight months. During the period of lane closures, vehicles over 2.9 metres wide will be prohibited from using the M48 Severn Bridge, and the bridge will also be closed totally over three weekends to enable the lifting of the inspection gantries to a high level on the suspension cable. We will communicate these well in advance. The first full closure is planned for the weekend of 25 and 26 June, with motorists being diverted across the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge. To minimise any future disruption, maintenance work will also be undertaken during the closures, including refurbishment and maintenance of many bridge expansion joints, carriageway surfacing repairs, reinstatement of some under bridge gantry bogies and wheels, sweeping and litter picking, blasting and painting of parapets and lighting column bases, weld repairs, carriageway inspections, and gulley and drain cleaning.The full details and press release can be found here.To follow the progress of the works and to keep up to date, please visit this webpage.National Highways “We will make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to a minimum. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes to it.”If you would like more 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 of our works in the South West please follow us on Twitter @HighwaysSWEST
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Rail Strike Information from GWR

There will no rail services at all on some routes (including the Severn Beach Line) on the strike days this week – Tuesday 21 June, Thursday 23 June and Saturday 25 June.   Where services can run they will be extremely limited with much later start and much earlier finish times.   There will also be a restricted service on Wednesday 22 June, Friday 24 June and Sunday 26 June, with services starting late and finishing very early.  Full timetables are now in online journey planners for Tuesday 21 June and Thursday 23 June, and timetables for days between the strikes are also available.  Where services are running rail travel should only be considered if absolutely necessary.  There will be no alternative road replacement available, and there is still the potential for further changes even on the day.   We know that customers will need time to plan ahead.  As well as checking timetables, there are maps showing which routes are open.  This will be kept updated with the latest information.   Anything you can do to alert your networks, constituents, members, staff and customers about the impact of the strike would be very helpful.   If there is anything else we can provide for you to help get the message out please do let us know.  As always if there is anything else we can help with either before or during the strikes, we are here and will do our best to help.  Best wishes Jane and Toby  Jane Jones                                                   Toby ElliottHead of Public Affairs                                   Head of CommunicationsGreat Western Railway                                 Network Rail Western
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SevernNet Transport Forum – Weds 18th May 2022 – 11:00-13:00

Our next Forum will be held on 18th May 2022 at 11:00. This will be a virtual form via Zoom. If you would like to attend please register using this link. Agenda items will include: 5G Logistics trials in Avonmouth including a trial looking at opportunities for more effective traffic flow management; and trials looking at tracking condition of goods en routeBristol’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) and implications for your business and staff. Support is available for businesses based in, and (I believe) needing to operate in Bristol. There is also support available for colleagues living in Bristol and impacted in their journeys to work and to encourage sustainable modes of travel.An update on  the Future Transport Zones initiative (to be confirmed) where we understand that a number of trials may be targeted for Portbury Avonmouth SevernsideHydrogen South West updateDates for Forums and Gatherings for 2022M49J Update from M49J Link Road Project ManagerAssessing impact of resultant congestion and limited resilienceCNG Fuels and Avonmouth North Station … and transport decarbonisationBus and train services. Do we need to better understand our colleagues transport needs?Update on sustainable travel options and practical support available
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5G Logistics project trials in Avonmouth

In May, an innovative 5G project is trialling game-changing wireless connectivity for improved logistics efficiency, new services and traffic management.The 5G Logistics testbed at the Avonmouth Bristol Port dock and the adjacent St Andrew’s Road, is the result of a 12-strong partnership led by the West of England Combined Authority.You can watch the project video here. This project is part of a government funded programme exploring how 5G’s high levels of reliability, speed and capacity could deliver new opportunities and improvements to all sectors and service provision. With providers other than large telecoms operators now delivering tailored private networks to a business or district’s needs, UK businesses are being encouraged to think about what 5G could do for their competitiveness and the skills they will need to take full advantage of the opportunities. If you would like to learn more about the 5G Logistics project or how 5G is being used in your sector, please contact indicating your specific area(s) of interest and whether you would like to attend a related event/webinar (by COB 11 May).You can read the full article here
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Please be aware – Weather Warning for this Friday 18th February 2022

Major winter storm to coincide with high spring tides. Currently Amber warning has been issued but it is at the top end of high impacts. Potential for a Red Warning to be issued on 17 February 2022.  Currently surge expected around Portbury Dock of 2.8 metres (subject to further models being run). Peak Winds from 0300hrs – 1500hrs Friday 18th Feb.  Inland winds 60 – 80mph. Coastal winds 80 -90 mph. Gale Force 8 -10. Possibility of Violent Storm 11. Winds starting from SW and gradually working through to NW. Highest winds expected in Bristol Channel. They will be expecting to issue several flood alerts and flood warnings. Wind speed will slowly reduce throughout the afternoon. Coastal flooding expected all along Somerset Coast. Significant travel disruption expected. Potential threat to life. Possible bridge closures, mobile homes overturned, risk to temporary structures etc. Likely tree damage. Issued by The Bristol Port Company for information to aid any preparation planning – for details please refer to EA website and weather stations.
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Railway upgrades on Severn Beach Line from 19th to 27th February 22. Replacement bus service in operation.

During the February half term, from Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 February, Network Rail will be:  renewing track and signalling equipment on the Filton relief lines between Stapleton Road and Lawrence Hill stationsrefurbishing drainage between Montpellier and Sea Mills stations, and through Clifton Tunnelchanging signalling ready for the new station at Portway Park & Ride and building foundations for the platformreplacing wooden railway sleepers between Bristol Port level crossing on King Road and St Andrew’s Road station in Avonmouth Work completed during this period is helping to keep the railway safe and reliable, as well as bringing a new railway station for the Severn Beach line a step closer. During this period a replacement bus service will be in operation as per the diagram below. Check before you travel: or More information is available in this leaflet that you can download here.