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M5 J19 Improvements starting June 29th

To alleviate congestion at J19 of the M5, Highways England (HE) is reconfiguring the lanes within the exit-slip and roundabout to allow traffic to flow more freely. The work will take place in three phases. – Preparatory work will begin on 29th June. – Wales and West Utilites will then carry out required works – HE will then return to site to complete traffic flow improvement works which is anticipated to be complete in November 2020 Working hours and traffic managementDuring the day the slip road and roundabout will remain open and narrow lanes will be in place.Overnight from 8pm to 6am the slip road and part of the roundabout will be closed.Access to Gordano Services will be maintained where possible. Work will be undertaken overnight from Monday to Friday with some overnight Sunday work when necessary.Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place as agreed with North Somerset and Bristol City Council. HE offers apologies in advance for any disruption this may cause.
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M49 Short Closures – Sun June 7th and June 28th – Pylon removal

As part of National Grid’s Hinkley Connection Project, Western Power Distribution (WPD) and its contractor, Balfour Beatty, are making changes to the local distribution network. Part of this involves replacing a section of 132kV overhead line with underground cables between the substation on Avonmouth Way and a new cable sealing end pylon near the M49. The work to install the underground cables is almost complete and the next step is to remove the section of pylons. As the overhead lines cross the M49, the motorway will need to be closed to keep drivers and workers safe when the lines are taken down.Two short closures have been agreed with Highways England, planned at a time to minimise delays to journeys: Sunday 7 June 2020 – from 5.00am to 11.00amSunday 28 June 2020 – from 5.00am to 11.00am. To stay up to date and find more information on all stages of the Hinkley Connection Project, visit the In your area pages on the National Grid website contact the community relations team on 0800 377 7347 or by email at
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Abnormal Load – Tunnel Boring Machine being transported through Avonmouth to Lawrence Weston between Thurs. 4th and Fri. 5th June

The large tunnel boring machine (TBM) which is being used as part of Wessex Water’s North Bristol relief sewer scheme, is expected to be arriving in Lawrence Weston between Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June. We understand that the abnormal indivisible load will transit from the motorway via J18, St. Andrew’s Road and Kings Weston Lane into Lawrence Weston late afternoon today and will be travelling with an escort. The machine will be used to bore a 5.5km underground tunnel from Lawrence Weston to Cribbs Causeway, even going under the M5 motorway, in order to construct the £55m new sewer. If we get any more precise details on time and route we will let you know. You can learn more about the scheme here.
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Urgent maintenance work at junction of St. Andrew’s Rd and Kings Weston Lane (southbound) from Mon 8th June

Work will take up to five days Urgent repairs are needed on the southbound carriageway of St. Andrew’s Rd at junction with Kings Weston Lane. Works are approved from Mon 8th June until Fri 12th June, but anticipated to take three days. Traffic management will be in place throughout with single file traffic required. Traffic management will be manned during peak times.Work will commence at 09:30 on Monday 8th June. Any concerns please email.The image indicates the position of the works and the traffic management which will be in place.
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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, 07367 064117Alexa Bingham, 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