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Jan. 21 Virtual Business Breakfast

Date: Thurs. Jan 28th from 08:00 to 09:00 Venue: Zoom Host: SevernNet Please join us to catch up after the Christmas break and discuss opportunities for the area in 2021. Register now for January’s Business Breakfast. We want to hear from you. We’ll be hosting via Zoom and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning, 28th Jan. 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!
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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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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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Call for Businesses’ Support with PPE

The Mayor of the West of England, Tim Bowles, is calling out to businesses across the area, on behalf of our local NHS and care system in the West of England, to ask for your support in the response to COVID-19. Due to overwhelming and unprecedented demand, there is a serious challenge in supplying the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), which is vital to the safe treatment of COVID-19 patients, to frontline health and care workers. The NHS and care system is seeking donations – large or small – or excess stock of the following PPE components: Fluid-repellent face masksAprons GlovesSafety glassesRe-usable washable gogglesHand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol content). In addition to PPE, there is also need of Perspex bulkheads (which would also need to be installed). These are needed to protect reception and patient transport staff. If you are able to help in any way please contact the NHS and council teams coordinating the response via: bnssg.supportoffer@nhs.net if they are in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire, covid-19incidentcomms@bathnes.gov.uk if they are in Bath and North East Somerset Tim Bowles “I have been proud of the many West of England businesses which have already stepped up to support the national effort to tackle COVID-19. We have always been a region where we work together and support each other, and this has never been more important than at this time of national need. Thank you for your help at this difficult time.”
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M5 junction 18 Avonmouth interchange overbridge deck repairs from – weekends from Fri. 8/11/19

Highways England (HE’s) works in April revealed unforeseen damage to concrete on the M5 junction18 interchange. A solution has now been developed to rectify this. The work needs to be done asap. This next phase of the programme includes replacing sections of concrete and installing new bridge joints. To ensure the concrete has a chance to cure properly it will be necessary to close a section of the interchange. To minimise disruption the work will be carried out overnight over the course of 6 consecutive weekends starting on Fri. 8th Nov.During the working week the carriageway will be open as usual.Please note: these works will not affect the main Avonmouth Bridge which spans the River Avon. M5 junction 18 interchange overbridge 24/7 weekend closures: Westbound closures will be in place from 20:00 on the Friday evening until 06:00 on the Monday morning over the following weekends: Fri 8 Nov to Mon 11 Nov Fri 15 Nov to Mon 18 NovFri 22 Nov to Mon 25 NovFri 29 Nov to Mon  2 Dec Fri  6 Dec to Mon  9 DecFri 13 Dec to Mon 16 Dec Eastbound closures will be in place from 06:00 on the Sat morning until 06:00 on the Monday morning over the following weekends: Sat  9 Nov to Mon 11 Nov Sat 16 Nov to Mon 18 NovSat 23 Nov to Mon 25 NovSat 30 Nov to Mon  2 Dec Sat   7 Dec to Mon  9 DecSat 14 Dec to Mon 16 Dec Traffic management M5 junction 18 southbound exit-slip 24/7 weekend closureTraffic wishing to leave the M5 at junction18 southbound will continue to junction19 exit-slip, go around the roundabout and re-join the M5 northbound at junction 19. Motorists will then be directed to leave the M5 at junction 18a exit-slip to continue their journey. M49 southbound overnight closures and daytime lane restrictionsRestrictions will be in place on the M49 to prevent traffic accessing the above works area.The M49 southbound (adjoining M5 junction 18 southbound, please see map below) will be closed overnight on Friday, Saturday & Sunday (8pm to 6am), traffic will be diverted via Almondsbury Interchange and J19.Saturday and Sunday daytime (6am to 8pm)lane 1 southbound will be reopened,but traffic will not be permitted to access Avonmouth via the junction 18a overbridge. Those wishing to travel to Avonmouth will be diverted via M5 junction 19 to return on the northbound carriageway and leave the M5 at junction 18a exit-slip. St Brendan’s roundabout access to M5Motorists wishing to join the M5 from St Brendan’s roundabout will be diverted via M5 northbound where they will be able to join the southbound carriageway at junction17. This diversion will be in place throughout the 24/7 weekend closure. Download the above as a letter from Highways England here.
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Farm Lane (NCN4) closed to walking and cycling from October 28th until October 30th

PLEASE COULD YOU INFORM YOUR STAFF WHO MAY BE AFFECTED. Farm Lane (NCN4), which supports walking and cycling between Cribbs Causeway and Severn Beach will be closed for resurfacing between Mon. 28th Oct.(07.30hrs) to Wed. 30th Oct. (18.00hrs). During the closure a signed diversion route via Bowstreet Lane, B4055, A403 and the Western Approach Distribution Park will be in place. Please see map here. This diversion unfortunately adds a significant additional distance to the journey. We haven’t been able to identify an alternative cycle-fit diversion. You may want to check out our maps here to look for any alternatives and keep an eye on the Severn Ride and Stride facebook page here. If you find a suitable route perhaps you could let us know and we can pass it on. The bridleways and footpaths are all quite muddy at the moment.  S. Glos. Council apologise for the inconvenience. This work is part of the programme to improve walking & cycling provision between Cribbs Causeway and Severn Beach via Western Approach funded by Highways England.
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Meet Wessex Water and GENeco at May’s Business Breakfast on Th. May 16th

Wessex Water – North Bristol’s £55m Relief Sewer
GENeco – Making sure waste isn’t wasted
Business Breakfast – 16th May 2019

                                                                       

Date: Thurs. May.16th from 07:30 to 09:00.
Venue: The Presentation Suite, St Andrews House, Avonmouth BS11 9DQ
Host: Wessex Water and GENeco

Interested in finding out more about North Bristol’s £55million Relief Sewer and GENeco, an award-winning recycling and renewable energy company. 

Then join us at May’s Business Breakfast and find out more.

The agenda will include an introduction to the largest single tunnelling contract awarded by Wessex Water and GENeco’s work at the heart of Bristol’s emerging circular economy.

Book your ticket now

Wessex Water is nearing design completion of its £55 million North Bristol relief sewer project, which will see a 5km tunnel pass beneath the M5 motorway, Cribbs Causeway and Network Rail’s Henbury loop.Work is due to start in September 2019 and is expected to take approximately two and a half years to complete, ensuring the sewerage network can cope with ongoing and future development in the north of the city and South Gloucestershire.

The relief sewer will be built using a Tunnel Boring Machine launched from Lawrence Weston, passing below Henbury and continuing to Bristol Golf Club.

GENeco treats huge volumes of varied waste from the city and transforms it into useful products. This includes the food waste recycling from all of Bristol’s residents and sewage sludge from over 1 million people. GENeco also helps around 300 regional customers an alternative disposal route to landfill for the disposal of difficult to treat waste.

From this waste, GENeco produces enough renewably-sourced energy to power over 10,000 homes in the Bristol area, and heavily reduces the environmental impact of local businesses and the community. The by-product of its recycling processes is a nutrient-rich biofertiliser which is used on farms in the region, keeping valuable bio-resources in the local area.

Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.

Register here for May’s Business Breakfast

SevernNet Business Breakfast’s are an opportunity to meet and collaborate with local businesses and stakeholders. There is plenty of time to network and a 30 second slot to introduce yourself and your business. Refreshments and light breakfast are provided.

About the Host

Wessex Water is a regional water and sewerage business serving 2.8 million customers across the south west of England including Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, most of Wiltshire and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire.

https://www.wessexwater.co.uk/

Please note that Business Breakfasts are free to attend for SevernNet members. Non-members may attend two Business Breakfasts before joining. There is more information about Membership and a Membership Form here.

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‘Dive in’ and pre-register for the annual Travelwest Travel to Work Survey!

Pre-registration is open … and available until 4th Feb

It just takes a few minutes to register your business NOW at:

Travelwest.info/preregistration

Survey week is 11th to 17th of March 2019

The information can inform your business and importantly helps inform Transport policy and action across the area.

Frustrated by the lack of transport options across the area for you and your colleagues?
Or happy?
Please tell us which and why.

Register by 4th February and you can add up to 4 questions specific to you and your business.

Receive a free tailored report for your business on how your staff travel to work ( 30+ colleagues) –this informs your business and enables you to see year on year trends
Provide a Chance for staff to win great prizes by entering
Receive promotional materials and the survey link in advance

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M5 Avonmouth Interchange Bridge Deck Refurbishment – January 2019

Highways England will be starting a programme of works on the M5 junction 18 at Avonmouth on Saturday 5 January 2019. The work will continue until Wednesday 27 February 2019 for a period of approx. 8 weeks.

The purpose of the scheme is the rehabilitation of the existing bridge deck at the M5 Avonmouth interchange. The work is necessary because routine inspections have identified that some elements of the bridge deck have reached their design life and need to be replaced.

The works will involve the replacement of the south concrete verge, waterproofing and surfacing on the westbound carriageway. The works will also involve the replacement of verge drainage gullies in the kerb line, expansion joint replacement and new white line and cat eyes replacement.

Traffic Management
Work will be undertaken throughout the day between 08:00 and 18:00.

We will be working during the daytime, every day during the scheme, between the hours of 8am and 6pm. Night works will be carried out between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

Narrow lanes will be in place for the duration of the 8 week scheme, so that we can carry out the works safely.
There will also be a requirement for some overnight full road closures of the M5 during the works. This is for the safe installation and removal of traffic management, installation of the bridge joint and carrying out carriageway resurfacing.

Night works will be carried out between the hours of 8pm and 6am.

Full closure dates are currently programmed in as below: –

Saturday 5 January 2019
Friday 7 February 2019
Wednesday 20 February 2019
Tuesday 26 February 2019
Wednesday 27 February 2019

During these closures, a fully signed diversion route will be in place.

Please note that whilst HE always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes to it. HE will always aim to notify you of any major changes within the programme but please monitor www.trafficengland.com/ to keep up-to-date.

HE would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption the work may cause you. HE will of course make every effort to ensure that the impact on the local community is kept to the absolute minimum.
If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: info@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Diversion route:
Traffic will be diverted via the M5 southbound, to junction 19, to re-join the M5 northbound and take the M5 exit slip road at junction 18.

A letter from Highways England detailing the works can be downloaded here.

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Filton Bank upgrade: Bristol & South Glos travel: 27 Oct – 18 Nov.  Severn Beach Line closed. Replacement buses in operation.

 

Network Rail is installing two new railway lines between Bristol Temple Meads  and Filton Abbey Wood, working 24/7 from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 18 November (inclusive). During this time, buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, and along the Severn Beach line.