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Sign up by May 21st to participate in the Travelwest Challenge 2019

The FREE TravelWest Challenge is an annual event which encourages businesses across the West of England to challenge themselves and each other to walk, cycle, lift share, or catch the bus/train to work over the 6 week challenge. It’s a friendly competition in which individuals have the chance to earn rewards and win prizes!

The TravelWest challenge starts Monday 10 June and is run through the Better Points app. Individuals log each journey they’ve made using sustainable transport, automatically entering them into prize draws and adding their results to a company leader board.

In order to register your business for the challenge, please click HERE and fill in a short sign up form by 21st May.

Once you register, TravelWest will be in touch closer to the Challenge start date to help you promote this to your staff.

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From SevernNet Member Solarsense …

Powering the UK towards a smart, clean energy future

Climate Change & rising energy costs are concerns for us all.

At Solarsense we take our environmental responsibilities seriously and work hard to develop sustainable solutions for our clients.

Our clean energy proposal enables clients to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions to achieve long term financial savings; by generating their own clean electricity under our fully-funded, subsidy-free, solar photovoltaic (PV) Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

We provide a “solar as a service” zero-capital route to reducing your energy costs, carbon emissions and protection from long-term energy price increases, as the scheme is locked into the RPI.

Use our capital today to start your clean energy journey and sometime down the line, when the timing is right, buy the system back from us if you choose.

We help companies like yours to enjoy the many benefits of sustainable clean energy technologies whilst preserving their capital.

Solar PV, battery storage, electric vehicle charging, LED lighting are just a few ways that Solarsense, the UK’s leading sustainable solutions company can help you to reduce your carbon footprint.

Why Solarsense

Solarsense, located in our zero-carbon head office just outside of Bristol, are considered one of the UK’s leading smart energy providers.
Established nearly 25 years, Solarsense has completed more than 14,000 installations and is responsible for powering some of the UK’s leading organisations.
As a multi award-winning national installer, we help our clients to generate over 80,000MW of clean energy per year, saving over 42,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

If Solarsense can help you today or sometime soon, please contact us as we would be delighted to hear from you.


Stephen Barrett, Eng. Tech
Managing Director, Solarsense UK

Solarsense UK Limited
Helios House, Brockley Lane
Backwell, Bristol BS48 4AH
Head office: 01275 461 800
Email: [email protected]

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Have your say on proposed walking and cycling route from Portway through Avonmouth Village to St. Andrew’s Road


Please come and join us in Avonmouth Community Centre for a Drop In Event. Tuesday 14th May from 15:30 until 18:30.

We would like your views on the proposed walking and cycling route from Portway through Avonmouth Village to St. Andrew’s Road and Crowley Way.

The route will be laid out in one very long poster to bring it to life.

Refreshments and delicious cake will be available.


Please encourage your walking and cycling champions to come along and meet us.


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Sustainable Travel Grant Round open from 1st to 31st May for N. Somerset businesses 

North Somerset Sustainable Travel Grants applications are open from 1st May to the 31st May.

An application form is available here. Applications should be returned to [email protected]

The match funded grants are designed to help make active travel a more appealing option. Recent schemes have included installation of staff showers, electric pool bikes, accessible cycle parking shelters and sustainable travel notice boards. 

If you have any questions about cycle parking or the grants scheme, or information about potential suppliers, please get in touch with Ruby Tobin ([email protected]), Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Officer (Business Engagement), N. Somerset Council.

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Accolade Wines Wind Turbine Lift this weekend. Kings Weston Lane diversion

Accolade Wines wind turbine will be arriving on site, and lifted, this weekend.
The tower sections will be delivered on Saturday 11th May for lift on the day.
The blade sections will be delivered on Sunday 12th May for lift on the day.

To enable the deliveries and the lifting a short road section of Kings Weston Lane (see map below, shown in blue) will be closed from 06:00 on Saturday 11th May until 18:00 on Sunday 12th May.  Traffic will be diverted along Merebank Road, Poplar Way West, Smoke Lane and St. Andrew’s Road and vice versa. No entrances to businesses will be blocked.

All deliveries of the tower and blade sections will be police escorted.

Accolade Wines apologises for any inconvenience caused.

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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.

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:

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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SevernNet recruiting Walking and Cycling Officer

An area wide network of well-maintained cycle and walking paths enabling safe access to and from work is a long held SevernNet ambition. With funding support from Highways England, and working in partnership with Sustrans, this is now a realisable ambition.

Highways England has, and is, investing in improvements to local cycle and walking paths, and providing funding to support the additional work needed to enable sustainable use of the cycle and walking network by local people, employers and their colleagues. This investment by Highways England is linked to development of the M49 Junction.

Sustrans is designing and delivering the new cycling and walking infrastructure and jointly providing, with SevernNet, a behaviour change programme.

We’re looking for a colleague to work with us who shares our vision for cycle and walking and more widely sustainable travel, across the area, and can work with local people, employers, colleagues travelling to/from work, local authorities, Sustrans and other stakeholders to make this happen.

The role will involve engaging and connecting with businesses, their staff, local communities and others, encouraging people to work together towards an increase in cycling and walking, particularly to and from work. You will be building on existing networks, groups and relationships to achieve this.

The role will be based in St. Andrew’s House, Avonmouth, in the SevernNet office.

Applications are invited by close of business (17:00) on Wednesday 24th January 2019. Further details and the Job Description are available to download here.

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Christmas Break rail interruptions

From Peter Jones, from GWR:
“As we approach the Christmas getaway I just wanted to get in touch with a thank you for your patience over the past 12 months as we have worked to carry out major improvements to the railway. Further to the passenger engagement and other communications activity we have been doing jointly to raise awareness about Christmas upgrade work, I’d also like to take the opportunity to highlight the key points that may affect you or your colleagues and contacts.

If you’re travelling by train from Bristol Parkway station on Monday 24 December (Christmas Eve) please note that the front entrance of the station and a section of Hatchet Road will be closed to enable us to set up a crane on the roundabout to install a large signalling structure. Vehicles will not be able to access the station from Hatchet Road from 6.00am on 24 December until 4.30am on 27 December and will instead need to use Hunts Ground Road. Walking routes will remain in place. Please leave extra time for journey, whether travelling by car, bus or on foot. Public buses will not use the station bus stops during this time. Therefore, station users will need to use the bus stops marked ‘Ratcliffe Drive’ on Hatchet Road.


From Tuesday 25 December (Christmas Day) through to Tuesday 1 January (New Year’s Day) we will be continuing our electrification upgrade, working 24/7 on the line between Bristol Parkway station and South Wales:

installing further wiring runs on the open line between Patchway station and the Severn tunnel, through Pilning
installing wiring and carrying out repairs to drainage inside the Patchway tunnels.

As usual, no trains run on Christmas Day or Boxing Day, but from Thursday 27 December until Tuesday 1 January they are also being replaced by buses between Bristol Parkway and Newport, and between Gloucester and South Wales.

Please also be aware of track renewal work happening in the Westbury area, meaning services via Westbury are diverted or replaced by buses from Sunday 23 December to Thursday 3 January.
On 27 and 28 December as well as 2 and 3 January there will be one bus in both directions operating between Westbury and Pewsey.

For more information about these projects, please see the following documents attached:

Patchway Tunnels fact sheet
Patchway Tunnels poster (for use in office kitchens, print rooms etc)
Westbury Upgrade factsheet
Christmas and New Year message from GWR.

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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: [email protected]

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.