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Fuelling Our Tomorrow with Avon Lodge Truckstop … and others

Date: Thurs. Sept. 28th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: Avon Lodge TruckstopVenue: Avon Lodge Cafe, Avon Lodge Truckstop, Third Way, Avonmouth. BS11 9YP Onroute Truckstop’s Avon Lodge invites you to join them for September’s Business Breakfast.We have an exciting programme lined up for you, including a ‘Build-a-Bap’ breakfast. You can choose from a number of fillings, together with  Lavazza coffee to help start your day.There’s also a bike clinic if you’d like a tune up; and local guest speakers! Please join us at September’s Business Breakfast and find out more … The agenda will include: Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology  – local manufacturer with a key to sustainability globally The Real Wrap Company – telling us about their rapid growth in Avonmouth Avon Lodge Truckstop and its important role in the area. It’s not just a Truckstop! Mabanaft, Onroute Truckstop’s parent; and their fuels innovation including ammonia and hydrogen We are delighted to welcome The Real Wrap Company and Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology who will be joining us to talk about their organisations, how they are evolving locally and supporting the local economy.We’ll also talk about the local challenges across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside (PAS) in providing sufficient and accessible lorry parking;  access to good quality catering facilities available to the workforce; and the need for more travel hubs supporting sustainable travel.There’ll also be an update on the progress of the bid to fund a Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan (LIDP) for a West of England Industrial Cluster with PAS as its hub; and Mabanaft, OneRoute Truckstop’s parent company, will be sharing the innovative work they are doing to decarbonise fuels for tomorrow, including around ammonia and hydrogen.And if you’d like to check in for the Bike Clinic – a free 30 minute safety check with minor repairs possible. (You’ll get a report card (bike ‘MOT’!) and maintenance tips) – you can book a slot here Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on September 28th Book your ticket here SevernNet 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.A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking
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M5 junction 15 Almondsbury and junction 16 Patchway bridge deck refurbishment – 31 July 2023 to Summer 2024

From National Highways: The bridges on the M5 at junctions 15 and 16 (Almondsbury and Patchway) are now over 50 years old and in need of refurbishment. Waterproofing, surfacing, expansion joints and repairs to the concrete are needed to maintain bridge deck integrity. This is part of ongoing bridge refurbishment works by the local National Highways South West team. We’ve organised the work to overlap with the M4/M5 dynamic hard shoulder enhancements – reducing how long traffic management will be in place and enabling our contractors to share resources and cut costs. The M5 bridge refurbishment works have been planned to avoid the peak summer getaway season, but some preparatory work will be carried out in advance. Summary of works 31 July 2023 to end August 2023 (approx 1 month) Preparation work commenced. Overnight closures (20:00 to 06:00 subject to traffic flow) in place between M5 J15 and  M5 J17. September 2023 Narrow lanes in place 24/7 Bridge refurbishment preparation works continue including construction of a crossover. October 2023 Contraflow in place The bridge deck works will be carried out in 4 distinct phases, each one requiring a change in the contraflow layout. The project will be running until Summer 2024. There is no information as to how long the contraflow will be in operation National Highways project page can be found here:
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Addressing inequality and enabling transformation together with Bristol North West Foodbank & St Andrew’s Church – Th. Jul 20th 07:30-09:00

Date: Thurs. July 20th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: Bristol North West Foodbank & St Andrew’s ChurchVenue: St. Andrew’s Church,  Avonmouth Rd., Avonmouth. BS11 9EN Hosts Bristol North West Foodbank & St Andrew’s Church will provide insights into how inequalities, vulnerability and hardship are being supported through work in the community.Since launching the Bristol NW Foodbank charity in 2011, approximately 70,000 emergency food parcels have been provided to local people facing times of crisis: be it low income, unemployment, poor health, domestic violence, debt, homelessness, or food for families during school holidays.Each year about 400 Christmas hampers are given out alongside the normal food provision, which are often packed by volunteers from local businesses. Since 2017 the charity has been able to employ advice workers who have provided over 3000 advice sessions relating to benefits, housing, employment, family breakdown and so much more.The Foodbank launched another new dimension to it’s work in 2019, called HomeBank, which has provided additional help to 2500 people, everything from clothes, white goods, kitchenwares, small electrical items, curtains, tents, sleeping bags.All this is made possible by a fantastic team of about 110 volunteers, 16 staff, about 400 agencies, schools and charities who refer people for help, and a wide range of churches, schools, business, and individuals, who give financially to support the charity. Please join us at July’s Business Breakfast and find out more Revd. Andy Murray will show us around the Bristol North West Foodbank Social Justice Hub, including the Foodbank warehouse and Space4Makers;  and we’ll hear about the inspiring determination that got Space4Makers off the ground and operational. The agenda will include: an overview of how the partnership between the Bristol North West Foodbank and St. Andrew’s Church has evolved; the breadth of support provided across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside and beyond the development of Space4Makers what’s delivered and how we can all be part of the story. Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on July 20th Book your ticket here SevernNet 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.A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking.
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Decarbonising Portbury Avonmouth Severnside – June Business Breakfast – Th. Jun 22nd 07:30

Decarbonising Portbury Avonmouth Severnside supported by a collaborative Local Industrial Decarbonisation Plan Date: Thurs. June 22nd from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: City Leap PartnershipVenue: Avonmouth Community Centre, 257 Avonmouth Rd., Avonmouth. BS11 9EN Hosts City Leap will share their objectives for decarbonising Bristol and the opportunities this presents for Portbury Avonmouth Severnside, leveraging the skills, expertise and energy from across the area. We’ll also introduce the exciting initiative to bid for funding to develop a collaborative Local Industrial Development Plan bringing together local partners including The Bristol Port Company, Western Gateway, Hydrogen South West, 7CO2, WECA, Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos. Councils with City Leap Partnership and SevernNet Come along and be here at the beginning of the discussions … we’ll be discussing opportunities and next steps and inviting you to get on board and help shape this transformative journey and opportunity for the area. Please join us at June’s Business Breakfast and find out more The agenda will include snapshots of the great work already being done and developed across Portbury Avonmouth Severnside … and the potential! If you’re seeking to decarbonise your business/development and/or have lessons, opportunities, services etc. to share please come along! We want to hear from you. The event is being held at, and catered by, Avonmouth Community Centre who have their own story to tell about retrofitting to improve energy efficiency! Come along, join the discussion, and find out more. We look forward to seeing you on June 22nd Book your ticket here SevernNet 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. A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking. About City Leap Partnership – Who are we? Bristol City Leap is a world first, game-changing approach towards decarbonisation at city-scale. The City Leap Energy Partnership is a twenty-year joint venture between Bristol City Council, Ameresco and Vattenfall Heat UK which will enable the delivery of over £1 billion of investment into Bristol’s energy system. Put simply, this means a transformative boost in the amount of renewable energy and decarbonised heat powering our city, which in turn means a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, learn, work and play. During the first five years of the partnership, nearly £500 million will be invested in a range of large infrastructure projects including the significant expansion of Bristol’s award-winning Heat Network that provides local businesses and residents with access to reliable, affordable low carbon heat from sustainable sources. Solar panels and low carbon heating systems will be installed at local schools, the council’s social housing will be made more energy efficient to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, and substantial investment will go into community-owned renewable energy projects to help residents play a part in Bristol’s journey to carbon neutrality. About Avonmouth Community Centre – Who are we? Avonmouth Community Centre Association exists to champion Avonmouth as a great place to live and work. Through activities, meals, and our drop in coffee shop, residents can access support for their health and wellbeing, as well as companionship. By promoting Avonmouth Community in the wider city of Bristol, with Bristol City Council and collaborating with private enterprise in the Severnet Business community ACCA gives a voice to residents that feel forgotten and unheard. Our vision is to improve the environment for residents and foster a sense of identity amidst a diversifying community creating a gathering space that is hospitable, accessible and welcoming to all. Whatever age or stage of life, we believe together is better for addressing transport, housing, food poverty, isolation and health.  We host events and activities, with flexible indoor and outdoor spaces that can be hired for meetings, parties, weddings, community events, public consultations and exhibitions. We are based in Avonmouth opposite Avonmouth Park., a minute away from Avonmouth Rail Station on the Severn Beach Line and easily accessible from central Bristol, the Portway (A4) and M5 J18. If you have any questions, or wish to find out about booking a room, just contact us or email the Centre Manager. Tel: 0117 982 7445. Email: info@avonmouthcca.org.uk.
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M4 J22 Pilning – 23A Magor essential carriageway repairs – 22nd May for 3 nights westbound; 30th May for 3 nights eastbound

Essential works to carry out carriageway patch repairs at various locations will commence on 22 May for 3 nights westbound and from 30 May for 3 nights eastbound. The work will be carried out at night between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00. Full carriageway closure. 22/05/2023 – 25/05/2023M4 westbound closed from J22 Pilning to J23A Magor. M48 westbound closed from J2 Newhouse to J23 Rogiet.This road must also be closed to prevent access to the roadworks area on the M4. 30/05/2023 – 02/06/2023M4 eastbound closed from J23A Magor to J22 Pilning.M48 eastbound closed from J23 Rogiet to J2 Newhouse. This road must also be closed to prevent access to the roadworks area on the M4.In order to provide the necessary safety zones and minimise disruption and congestion to the travelling public, the works will be carried out at night. Diversions Diverted traffic over 15ft in height will use M5 – M50 – A40 – A449. Diverted traffic under 15ft i height will use the A48 through Chepstow. Map: see below
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Hinkley Connection Project – M5 Overnight Closures starting Tues. 25th April ’23

Location: M5 between Junction 19 and 21Works: The closures are to enable the installation of  the wires on the newly constructed T-pylons next to the M5, and removal of  wires from the nearby line of existing lattice pylons.Duration and Dates Closure 1: 3 nights – Tues. 25th, Weds. 26th, Thurs. 27th AprilDuration and Dates Closure 2:  2 nights – Sat. 10th and Sun. 11th JuneTimes: Closures will take place between the hours of 22:00 and 05:00.Traffic Mgt.: M5 will be fully closed overnight in both directions between junctions 19 and 20 for all vehicles, and junctions 19 and 21 for HGVsNorthbound trafficThe diversion will be in place for all vehicles from junction 21 along the A370 and the A4, re-joining the motorway at junction 18.There will also be an additional diversion route for light vehicles only, from junction 20 at Clevedon, along the B3130 and B3128 to the A370.Southbound trafficA diversion route will be in place from junction 18 along the A4 and A370, re-joining the motorway at junction 21. This diversion route is for all vehicles. There will also be an additional diversion route heading southbound for light vehicles only. This will be in place from junction 19, along the A369 and B3128 and onto the A370.Please Note: Clean Air Zone charge lifted during M5 closures: Bristol City Council has confirmed its Clean Air Zone charge will be lifted on the diversion routes while this work to help connect low carbon energy to homes and businesses takes place.Map: see below Additional Closure: Friday 12 May – overnight closure of Junction 18a slip road between 10.30pm and 2.00am.
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M4 J22 Pilning Bridge joint replacement from May 2nd to June 19th. Overnight closures Monday to Friday

Work to date has revealed more deterioration than expected and National Highways has had to revise their end date to 19 June 2023.Location: M4, J22, Pilning BridgeWorks: National Highways is replacing bridge joints on Pilning BridgeDuration: 4 weeksDates: 2 May -19 June 2023 (Mon-Fri)Times: Works will take place Monday to Friday overnight, between the hours of 21:00 and 06:00 when traffic flows are at their lowest.There will be no works on 6 and 7 June due to an event in Principality stadium. There will be work overnight Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June.Traffic Mgt.: M4 J22 Pilning bridge will be closed overnight to traffic in both directions. Motorists will follow a short diversion via the on/off-slips.We will keep access open to Prince of Wales bridge, apart from between 22 May and 2 June when Traffic Wales will be carrying out works which will affect overnight access. Full details of the work in Wales can be found hereTraffic will be subject to a 50 mph speed limit during the day through the duratiion of the works.Map: see below
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Regenerating Avonmouth and developing the future of the South West – Apr 27th 07:30-09:00

Date: Thurs. April 27th from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: St. Modwen LogisticsVenue: Bristol Port Safety and Training Centre, St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9DQ HelloHosts St. Modwen Logistics will provide an update on regenerating the former Britannic Zinc site, now known as St. Modwen Park, Access 18, highlighting what they’ve achieved to date and their future plans for the 200-acre employment estate. They’ll also feature other development projects they’re delivering in the South West.Colleagues from St. Modwen Logistics will be on hand to answer your questions about the work to deliver a new vision for Avonmouth and 860,000 square feet of employment space in the region this year. Please join us at April’s Business Breakfast and find out more St. Modwen in the South WestThe agenda will include an introduction to St. Modwen and we’ll be learning more about: Access 18’s history and what has been delivered to date A new vision for Avonmouth, future plans for the estate St. Modwen Logistics South West Projects Why is employment space so important? Questions Come along, join the discussion, and find out more.We look forward to seeing you on April 27th. Book your ticket here SevernNet 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.A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at timeof booking. About St. ModwenWho are we?St. Modwen is an expert developer with a £1.41bn portfolio. Our 30-year heritage of developing complex sites has taught us to look at things differently and unlock potential where others can’t. Our substantial commercial development pipeline is focused primarily on industrial & logistics space, where we see long-term structural growth. With a strong track record of delivering value for our customers, occupiers, landowners and communities, we create new and sustainable solutions that benefit all those involved. 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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Connecting low carbon energy in the South West – learn more from National grid at Feb’s Business Breakfast – Th. Feb. 23rd 07:30-09:00

Date: Thurs. February 23rd from 07:30 to 09:00.Host: National Grid – Hinkley Connection ProjectVenue: Bristol Port Safety and Training Centre, St. Andrew’s House, St. Andrew’s Rd, Avonmouth. BS11 9DQ  As you’re probably aware, National Grid is in the midst of pulling conductors – a process known as stringing – between the newly built lattice pylons that take the Hinkley Connection through Bristol Port land, over the River Avon, through Avonmouth and into Crooks Marsh to connect with Seabank substation. This is just one part of the important Hinkley Connection project which features new innovations including the methodology for installing the conductors in Avonmouth and the new T-pylons along the route. Please join us to find out more Hosts National Grid will share an update on their work on the Hinkley Connection Project, with a focus on construction activities in and around Avonmouth, progress to date and what’s to come.   Engineers from both National Grid and principal contractors, Balfour Beatty will be on hand to answer your questions about the work to connect 6 million homes and businesses to homegrown, low carbon energy. Come along and introduce yourself We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning, 23rd February Book your place today SevernNet 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. A breakfast roll and hot drinks will be provided! Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at time of booking. 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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St. Andrew’s Rd Closure this weekend (21st/22nd) from Port Roundabout to Third Way

The Works: National Grid – 400kV OHL Stringing Works for the Hinkley Point C Connection ProjectWhen: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd January 2023Times: 08:00-17:00 dailyTraffic Management: A diversion will be in place via Avonmouth Way and Third Way If the work is not completed this weekend, there will be a further closure over the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2023. Reason for the works – Hinkley Connection Project As a key part of the Hinkley Connection Project, National Grid, with their contractor Balfour Beatty, started building the new lattice pylons in Avonmouth in July. In the locations where the pylons have been fully erected, we’ll start hanging the wires between those pylons from the 23 January. When lifting the wires into place, our standard method involves installing a number of scaffold structures with a net between them to protect everything below. We’ve worked with Balfour Beatty, to adopt a method to reduce the number of scaffolds required on the land they occupy and on local roads, so to limit the impact on business premises and disruption on local roads in Avonmouth. We’ll be using specialist controlled lifting systems to hang the wires. This method involves using ropes and blocks specifically designed to pull the wires between the pylons, and away from individual properties and businesses. In the locations where erecting scaffold on either side of the road is necessary, such as St. Andrew’s Road, we need to close the road to keep everyone safe. We’ve worked with Bristol City Council Highways to schedule the closure during the weekend, to reduce local disruption as much as we can. We remain in regular contact with individual businesses to keep them updated. As shown on the map above, the closure on St Andrew’s Road has been carefully designed to ensure that access for the businesses is maintained where safe and practicable to do so during the scaffolding work in this location.  National Grid’s aim is to complete the scaffolding and netting work on St Andrew’s Road during the first of the planned closures on 21/22 January. Though the second closure on 4/5 February has been agreed with the Bristol Highways, we will only close the road during these dates if necessary. We’ll stay in touch with businesses to keep them updated as we continue our work build the remaining pylons to install the wires. You can download National Grid’s information postcard here.