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Scooters and bikes as Sustainable Transport Options & Renewable Energy Opportunities

Date: Thurs. March 28th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: SevernNet with TIER and Ameresco / City LeapVenue: St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9DJ Thanks to everyone who joined us for March’s Business Breakfast and very many thanks to our speakers: Julian Miller from Ameresco Mark Atkins and Callum Dixon from TIER Justin Reeve from West of England Combined Authority Thanks also to Anne Hayes and colleagues from The Bristol Port Company who enabled the demonstration area and the Dr. Bike, together with Sam Marsh from SevernNet/Bike Bristol. For March’s Business Breakfast we brought you two important topics which proved to be of great interest:- Renewable Energy investment opportunities and how these may be realised- Micro-mobility as a key modal option for sustainable transport … and how TIER is able to support this Following introductions SevernNet provided a short update on the progress of the Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan project for the West of England Industrial Cluster. With Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) as its hub, we have the opportunity this year to bring together, and support, PAS businesses to develop their net zero journey planning; and take advantage of potential collaborative approaches and infrastructure. At our last breakfast (more details here: https://severnnet.org/news/get-stuck-in-with-industrial-decarbonisation/) Rhianydd Griffith asked if businesses could pilot our initial stakeholder survey. We’d like to thank everyone who supported this and provided initial feedback which is all being incorporated into a more detailed survey. This will be distributed later next month, and will ask for actual data on energy consumption and emissions, and projects in your pipeline. This will be essential information to help develop the plan. Opportunities for Renewable Generation in PAS Julian Miller (Ameresco) reminded us that renewable generation will be part of the solution for decarbonisation plans across the area; and we need to consider how this can be achieved, and support the demand for increasing electrification, given the limited grid capacity. This may take a number of different forms, including solar, wind and BESS (battery energy storage systems) and can be deployed in different ways including as a microgrid “behind the meter”. The latter can avoid the problem of limited grid capacity. There are different commercial options available. Ameresco, with its City Leap commitment spanning 20 years is able to take a longer term view which can enable more attractive business cases with stable pricing over the long term. Do get involved, and if you’d like to understand options for your business, community, development etc. have a chat to Julian (jumiller@ameresco.com) or drop us a line at lidp@severnnet.org. Julian’s presentation is attached; and is also available to download here Micromobility and TIER. How TIER can support the area, our businesses and community Mark Atkins from TIER stepped us through their progress in deploying e-scooters, e-bikes and e-cargobikes across the West of England and Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) since taking over from Voi. PAS has played an important part with DHL warehousing the vehicles locally. Adoption across the West of England is growing significantly with 1.4m kms travelled by 53.3k users to date in 2024. Availability and growth across PAS has been constrained, we believe, through limited parking spaces and unavailability in the N. Somerset and S. Glos. part of PAS. Mark stepped us through an engaging presentation outlining usage across the area compared to Bristol city centre; and highlighting opportunities to increase the number of parking spaces. To enable TIER to help PAS businesses, colleagues and residents to take greater advantage of the accessibility to sustainable transport offered TIER would like to establish connections with organisations in our area to offer: a) B2B packages to improve sustainable travel for our colleagues (contact mark.atkins@tier.app) b) to explore opportunities to improve the network in our area via increased parking locations on land in both the public & private sector (contact paul.whitaker@tier.app) Mark’s presentation is attached; and is also available to download here. Future Transport Zones Update Justin from West of England Combined Authority provided a shot update on the Future Transport Zones programme that has received £24.4m government funding and started in July 2020. See https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/what-we-do/transport/future-transport-zone/ for more information. Justin highlighted the value of the TIER service in assisting understanding of travel patterns across the West of England. The data from all the journeys is proving to be very informative in developing transport and travel strategy. The FTZ programme has included: E-scooter trial (see TIER above) WESTlink on demand bus service. We understand that there are going to be a number of changes to this service. You can find out more here: https://travelwest.info/westlink/. Also attached the Bristol_North_Zone_Map_2024-web.pdf and Portishead_Zone-Map_2024-web.pdf which are probably most relevant for the area. Transport data hub which will enable innovation into the; and can further help inform transport & Travel strategy, policy and infrastructure investment e-cargo bike trials. The Bristol Port Authority has been one of the beneficiaries; and has resulted in a considerable reduction in van miles. All-in-one journey planner and ticketing app which will provide travellers with different multi-modal travel options and enable ticketing to cover one journey Multi-modal hubs  in strategic places. Eleven locations have been selected across BCC and SGC and it is expected that these will be built out from the summer A key feature of the funding for innovative trials has been the agreement that the programme must track and monitor the success of the trials for at least 12 months; and the programme is being extended to enable this SevernNet Updates Kate Royston and Sam March provided a quick update on traffic and roadworks, Severn Ride&Stride and the next Business Breakfast; and we thanked all those businesses and colleagues who participated in March’s annual Travel To Work Survey (see presentation attached). TIER Demos and Dr. Bike Following the breakfast a number of participants took advantage of the opportunity to have a go on an e-scooter and e-bike; and the Dr. Bike appointments through the morning to ‘tune-up’ their bikes. April’s Business Breakfast We look forward to seeing you in April (Th. April 25th) and we’ll be providing details of the location very shortly. In the meantime if you’d like to book, here’s the registration link.
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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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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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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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Active October Challenge – 1st to 31st October 2020

Travelwest’s annual challenge is back for Active October to give you and your colleagues some motivation throughout Autumn to stay active and use sustainable travel. The event will be running from 1st – 31st October, but you and your colleagues can register to take part NOW! This year we have partnered with Sustrans for Active October to encourage businesses across the West of England to compete by getting the highest numbers of their staff to keep active and log their journeys into an online portal. It’s free to participate, and in doing so you could encourage your staff to make long term behavioural changes when it comes to their travel choices – benefitting health, reducing carbon emissions, and cutting travel costs for them and your business. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also recognise that many of the businesses we work with (including ourselves at Travelwest!) have changed their commuting behaviour. It’s therefore even more important for our physical and mental health to incorporate some activity into our working day, whether it’s cycling, scooting, running or walking! Furthermore, for those journeys that still need to be made, we will be encouraging public transport, and lift-sharing – both great ways to reduce congestion and save money. All this helps you get fitter, feel good, and what’s more, there’s plenty of prizes up for grabs! All you need to do is sign up as a user, and it will prompt you to register your organisation’s details. It takes 2 minutes and you’ll be able to feature your workplace on the leaderboards, and be entered into workplace prizes! Once you’ve registered, there are downloadable materials on the website HERE to start promoting to colleagues and we’ve attached a suggested email template to this email for you to send to your colleagues!
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Please don’t park on the pavements and cycle paths

This is an appeal for courtesy towards Active Travellers – pedestrians and cyclists. Active Travel is an important way for many of our colleagues to get to work across Portbury, Avonmouth and Severnside. A lot of effort is being invested in improving our walking and cycling routes and making them safer. Please, please, please don’t park or block pavements and cycle paths across the area. If you have insufficient space to park your vehicles, please get in touch and we’ll work with you to find solutions.
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Gipsies Platt bridleway closure for improvement works from Monday 20 July

Gipsies Platt bridleway will be closed for improvement works from Monday 20 July 2020 until around mid November 2020. The plan below indicates the closure and the diversionary routes. You can also download it here. This work is part of the work to put in place the SGC01 walking and cycling route running from Cribbs Causeway to Severn Beach. Work on the bridleways that have been closed on the southern side of the A403 has now been completed and are expected to be reopened today (Fri. 17th July 20). SGC01 is part of the Avonmouth Severnside Walking & Cycling Routes project funded by Highways England in partnership with S. Glos. Council, Sustrans, SevernNet and Bristol City Council.