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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:

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 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:

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.

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Join us at February’s Business Breakfast



Date: Thursday 15th February, 7:30am – 9:00am
Venue: The Bristol Port Company, St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth, BS11 9DQ.
Skills for Logistics (SfL) is hosting February’s Business Breakfast.


Megan and David Coombes from SfL will be presenting conclusions from their research of the Skills Needs and Challenges across the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area (ASEA). Focused on the Logistics and Distribution Sector, the work is being undertaken in co-operation with S. Glos. Council, Business West and SevernNet.


As the number of vacancies grow and the numbers looking for work shrink this skills challenge will increasingly impact every business across the area. What measures can we take to address this?


Come along and join the discussion. Book your place here.

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WoE Better Business For All Business Survey

Help us help you comply with the law in the West of England- your opinion matters!

Local authorities in the West of England want to save you time and money, and make it quicker and easier for you to comply with the law. Local regulation takes many forms- it includes trading standards, environmental health, animal health, licensing, planning and fire and community safety. For us to develop a new approach to regulation we need your help.
Please take 5 minutes to give us your honest feedback about your experiences of regulation and how you think we can improve this at . The survey closes on the 30th November.

By participating in this survey, you’ve made your voice heard and are helping shape the way we regulate you locally. Thank you for your time and input.


If you have included your email address we will send you a summary of the results.


SevernNet Flyer – timetable change from Tuesday 1st August 2017

From Tuesday 1st August 2017 the SevernNet Flyer will be running to an improved timetable which better serves shift start and end times to get you to work – and home again!

The Flyer will be serving Lawrence Weston and Shirehampton again as well as Avonmouth village, Avonmouth Railway Station and the industrial areas around Avonmouth, Access 18 and Cabot Park.

We are also introducing Buzz … an app which gives you a personalised timetable once you register at

You can also download the timetable here.



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SevernNet Business Breakfast at The Bloodhound Project

June’s Business Breakfast is on Thursday 15th June 2017.
Our hosts this month are The Bloodhound Project, with breakfast sponsored by v6e.

There will also be lots of opportunities to network, and a 60 second slot to introduce yourself and your business to the room, together with refreshments and a light breakfast.

Please register here. Numbers will be limited to 50 so book in good time.

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.


At this month’s meeting…

Tony Parraman from The Bloodhound Project is our Host​

Tony will introduce The BLOODHOUND Project – a global Engineering Adventure, using a 1000mph world land speed record attempt to inspire the next generation to enjoy, explore and get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Local organisations will be encouraged to get involved in supporting the project.

There will also be an opportunity for a guided tour of the workshop

Caroline Bain from v6e is sponsoring the breakfast

v6e Limited are specialist providers of multilingual commentary systems.

Caroline: “Our systems can be found in over 850 sightseeing vehicles world wide from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Our product range consists of 4 multilingual systems, each having a unique selling point, these include price, installation, and touch screen. The latest system has a touch screen which can also show adverts and games whilst the commentary is playing, thus ensuring the children will not get bored. It is also good for upselling the advertising space therefore making the system pay for itself!”


The Bloodhound Project

The Project has a number of objectives:

·         Inspire the next generation about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

·         Share an iconic research and development programme with a global audience.

·         Set a new World Land Speed Record of 1000mph.

Mission Statement:
Create a unique, high-technology project, focused around a 1000mph World Land Speed Record attempt. Share this Engineering Adventure with a global audience and inspire the next generation by bringing science, technology, engineering and mathematics to life in the most exciting way possible.

Check out the website for more information, videos etc.


Book your ticket now…

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.

To book your place at June’s Business Breakfast meeting, please click on the button below. We encourage early booking for this event.  We look forward to seeing you there.



Access WEST Travel Support for Business

Travelwest has been successful in securing grant funding for the Access WEST project. This project offers a range of support for businesses. An outline of the various activities are below.


The focus of the project is to promote walking and cycle commuting to work to reduce the congestion and environmental impact of single occupancy vehicle trips whilst also promoting the health benefits.


There is also scope to promote greater access to work and skills training, particularly for those currently not in education, training or employment.  This will be delivered as part of the Wheels to Work project. Further information regarding this will be available soon.


Support available includes:

Match Funded Employer Grants
Cycle Champions Network
Loan Bikes
Travel Roadshows
Journey Sharing


For more details, download this overview. Its been written from a S, Glos. perspective, however N. Somerset and Bristol City Council will have similar  offers. For more details contact your LA’s Business Engagement Officer below or email


You can also download here some case studies which show how other organisations have benefited from grants and other travel support.


Please note Bristol City Council are running a grant round for employer grants. SGC and NSC grants are (we understand) open until the funds run out. The BCC grant round runs until 16th June 2017. More details below.


Bristol City Council – Kurt Schiebl. Contact details here.
North Somerset – Gideon Thomas. Contact details here. Flyer can be downloaded here.
S. Glos. Council – Richard Drew. Contact details here. Overview of offers can be downloaded here.


Bristol City Council Employer Grants Round now open (available in N. Somerset and S. Glos. on an ongoing basis).

This year’s Travelwest grant round is now open. We can provide match-funding of up to 50% for any project that improves sustainable transport provision at your organisation – for example:

new or improved cycle parking or storage facilities
new electric vehicle charging points
signage of cycling routes
provision of pool bikes
improvement of pedestrian access to and within the site
provision of car sharing bays in staff car parks
events to promote walking and cycling.
any other project that you can show will have an effect on staff using single-occupancy cars


The grant round will remain open until the 16th of June – you’ll need to apply by or before this date. To apply, email Kurt Schiebl to request an application pack.


After the close of applications, grants are competitively scored. You’ll be informed of whether your application has been successful by Friday the 30th of June.


Big Commuting Challenge 2017 kicks off soon – Register your organisation now 


We would love you to take part in this year’s challenge which is running from 5th June – 14th July.

All you need to do is sign up your team to the Challenge, get the rest of your organisation on board and log as many journeys as possible walking, cycling, car-sharing or by public transport. You can log your journeys online, track your progress and compete against other workplaces in the West of England.

Register Now

 Weekly prize draws
We’ll be dishing out prizes every week, offering a range of rewards including:

National Trust vouchers
Cinema tickets
Veg boxes
Public transport vouchers
And LOADS more…

This year we’re also giving prizes away EVERY WEEK for the best photo posted to the site, and a prize draw for five £10 Waterstones vouchers for those who invite their friends!

Register Now

Get your colleagues on board!
Challenge colleagues or friends from other workplaces to register for the Challenge and crank up the competition!

The more people from your workplace that get involved, the more chance you have of winning the big team prizes at the end of the Challenge.
Invite a Friend




 How far will you go?
Your virtual journey will take you the whole length of the UK. Starting at Land’s End it will take you through popular landmarks until you reach Orkney. How far do you want to go?


Register Now





Community Health & Wellbeing News Uncategorised

Free Workplace Health Checks

Knowle West Health Park has been commissioned by Bristol City Council to deliver free workplace health checks in Bristol North.

Pip A’Ness, Health Checks Outreach Worker:
“There are two ways in which workplaces can work with us:
1. Promote the health checks being offered locally in community venues to staff via email and noticeboards.
2. Alternatively, with sufficient interest from staff, I could come on site to deliver the 30-minute health check to eligible employees (registered with a GP within Bristol City Council), times to suit.  There is no cost to the company other than provision of a room and promotion to staff.

We have now delivered some 750 health checks in over 30 different workplaces across Bristol in the past 12 months, including the Cater Road Business Park, South Bristol Community Hospital and the BRI, First Bus, Bristol Waste Company, Babcock, Midas Construction, Computershare and the DWP Jobcentres. Where men predominately make up the workforce this project is proving invaluable in getting men to talk about their health and make positive lifestyle changes when, traditionally, men delay seeking help until their health has deteriorated. Some 50% of the people I see are referred back to their GPs for high blood pressure or the ‘diabetes check’. Everyone receives advice around making healthier lifestyle choices.  The simple Health ‘MOT’ can be a life-saver.”

Employees really appreciate this opportunity:
* Workplace is easier than making an appointment at the surgery. Felt more relaxed, didn’t feel rushed, every step explained. Very worthwhile. Should be adopted nationwide. (Female, 52)

* Very informative.  I was very interested in the cholesterol guidelines – good/bad, etc. I am hoping that my health check will kick start my cycling/swimming regime. (Male, 59)

* Always expected things to be fine, but this underlines there’s no room for complacency, so exercise to be upgraded. (Male, 60)

If you’re interested in supporting this opportunity, please display the poster (download here) and/or contact Pip A’Ness on 0117 377 2255 or email