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M48 & M4 Severn Bridges maintenance closures

This work is being coordinated to ensure that access is maintained on one or other of the bridges for the duration of this work. See table below for dates The precise dates and times of the works may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Where possible, Highways England will keep you updated of significant changes via advance roadside warning signs, press notices and Twitter
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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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Importance of Avonmouth’s LPG terminal in transforming off-grid Britain – October’s Business Breakfast

Thurs. Oct 17th from 07:30 to 09:00  Venue: Flogas Hallen Terminal, Severn Road Hosted by: Flogas Britain Limited Please come along and find out more. Flogas – Hallen Terminal on Severn Road Have you ever wondered what the three gas holders off Severn Road are for? Come along to October’s Business Breakfast and find out more. Flogas’ Hallen LPG Terminal will play an important part in transforming off-grid Britain. We’ll explain why. The agenda will also include an introduction to plans for a local community wind turbine, an update on Bristol’s City Leap, opportunities to better use our local energy resources and a chance to discuss local plans to respond to the climate emergency Book your ticket here now We do hope you can join us
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CANCELLED – Weighed in for Breakfast – Business Breakfast – Thurs. 11th July 2019

Date: Thurs. July 11th from 07:30 to 09:00.
Venue: Chepstow Racecourse, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 6BE
Host: Chepstow Racecourse

SevernNet Member, Chepstow Racecourse, invites you to come and join us at Chepstow Racecourse for an insight into Racing and what Chepstow Racecourse has to offer.

The agenda will include an introduction to Chepstow Racecourse and its facilities and a tour including the weighing room and parade ring.

We’ll also be asking you what you would like to see SevernNet doing for your organisation across the area.
Book your ticket now
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.

Chepstow Racecourse is the home of Wales’ most prestigious race meeting, the Coral Welsh Grand National. With 32 meetings annually, both flat and jump racing, you can be sure there will be a fixture to suit you, your friends and family. #ComeRacing.


You couldn’t ask for a more impressive setting. With 400 acres of tranquil parkland, all designed in the style of Capability Brown, Chepstow Racecourse has fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities and views out over the River Severn and the Wye Valley.












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M48 and M49 Closures this weekend

Drivers are advised to plan ahead as the final phase of work to create a free-flowing motorway with a 70mph speed limit on the M48 Severn Bridge is currently under way. Various closures are taking place this coming weekend 21-24 June 2019:

The M48 bridge (J1-2) will be totally closed in both directions from 11pm Friday 21 June 2019 to 6am on Monday 24 June 2019
The M48 westbound from the M4 J21 to M48 J1 will be closed from 11pm Friday 21 June 2019 to 6am on Monday 24 June 2019

Drivers are asked to use the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge as an alternative route.
For access to Aust, drivers will be asked to use the M5 J18 at Avonmouth and the A403.
A diversion route map for the M48 closure can be downloaded here..

We also want customers to be aware that the M49 will be closed for the weekend.
A giant 500-tonne crane will be used to lift a new bridge into place over the weekend (21-24 June) as part of work to create a new elevated junction on the M49 and a much-needed connection into the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area from the motorway network.
The M49 will be closed for the weekend, from 8pm on Friday, 21 June to 6am on Monday, 24 June, to enable this key part of the project, which will see bridge beams, decking and other infrastructure lifted into place immediately next to the existing bridge at Farm Lane.

While the M48 Severn Bridge is closed this weekend, Highways England will also be taking the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance work with teams working on opposite sides of the carriageway each night to fully utilise the closures and get as much done as possible.
Overnight closures for alternate carriageways are also planned between 24 June and 6 July while this maintenance work is completed. This should avoid further closures for maintenance in future.

Highways England’s traffic officers will be monitoring traffic flows from the Regional Operations Centre and advising drivers via signage where necessary. Work on the M4 Prince of Wales bridge was completed at the end of May and it has already been returned to a 70mph motorway. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes to it. Please monitor to keep up to date, as well as following us on Twitter @HighwaysSWEST. We will make every effort to ensure the impact on the local community and travelling public is kept to an absolute minimum. If you have any queries or comments about the work, or would like further information please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: [email protected]

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On Your Doorstep summer 2019 – Lawrence Weston’s community newsletter – open for submissions until Fri 14th June

Summer is just around the corner and there are many exciting projects happening in Lawrence Weston. Ambition Lawrence Weston (ALW) would like to offer you the opportunity to submit an article in Lawrence Weston’s most read community publication, ‘On Your Doorstep’ Summer 2019 edition.

The feedback of the Spring 2019 issue was amazing and ALW would love to hear about your organisations and groups, which would benefit the Lawrence Weston residents or success stories.

On Your Doorstep wouldn’t exist without your input  So ALW ask you, if you have something you wish to see in the next issue, if you have an event or an organisation you wish to promote, that would benefit the residents of Lawrence Weston? Please, let ALW know.

ALW aim to ensure the Lawrence Weston community receive their copy of On Your Doorstep at the beginning of July 2019 (it is delivered to every address) so the DEADLINE for articles and advertisements is on the 14th June AT 1pm. 


The format of submitted articles must be under 200 words and/or 2 pictures. The text can be submitted in Word document or a wordpad document and the pictures must be in Jpeg or GIF format. Please try not to use PDF, as it makes it difficult for Donna to work her magic.

Due to the high cost involved in producing and delivering the newsletter quarterly, we do ask a fee of £40 per advertisement/article to those organisations who have budget for advertising to contribute to the continuity and sustainability of the newsletter in the future. (ALW will contact you on how it is payable on submission of your article). However, if you are a small group and don’t have a budget contact us as we may be able to submit your article at a reduced or nil cost provided that there is space left.

To submit articles for the next edition, please send it to: [email protected]

Please mark in the subject line “OYD summer 2019”. You are welcome to forward this post to anyone that maybe interested.

You can view online versions here

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Protective and Cyber Security Workshop for Maritime Industry in St. Andrew’s House, Thu. 13th June 09:00 to 12:00 & networking lunch – free to attend

Calling all CSOs, PFSOs, Cyber and Security responsible employees.
CSO Alliance ran their 48th workshop in Glasgow on Tuesday 21 May (comments and more here) and will be at Avonmouth – The Bristol Port Company – on Thurs. 13th June

Why Join:  
Get the latest insights on the continuously evolving criminal threats to our industry. Debate your concerns and issues and promote information sharing around your community.

Why Join:

£300 million lost by a maritime company from a single, random cyber attack

“There are more organised criminals in existence than soldiers in the Army” (according to NCA Director)

Current tensions with Iran focused around oil & gas shipping

Prevailing maritime terrorism threat in Southern Red Sea and SE Asia

Ongoing maritime piracy in several parts of the world

Maritime migration and stowaways presenting potential security risks

What does CSO Alliance offer?

Online communities of maritime security professionals
Secure online maritime crime reporting and collaboration portal

Employee expertise from Government, military and industry sectors

Providing awareness of current maritime security issues

Advice on effective security risk management


 Maritime Crime Threats and Risk Management – Bruce Roberts, CSO Alliance Ltd (former Govt. Security Adviser)
Cyber Threats and the Airbus Cyber Security Perspective – Louisa Adams, Airbus Cyber Security
Radio Frequency Criminality (Insights into spoofing and jamming) David Sanderson MSC, NPCC Radio Frequency Crime Lead
Collaboration within the Maritime Security Community – Mark Sutcliffe, CSO Alliance Ltd

CSO Alliance has consolidated the day into one workshop so please join us for the morning workshop 9am to 12pm, followed by a networking lunch.

For more information visit their website  or simply click this link to register to attend the free workshop.


About CSO Alliance and Airbus Cyber

To date CSO Alliance Ltd has event managed 48 workshops around the world, bringing together key stakeholders such as CSOs, Port PSOs, PFSOs, and CISO, to foster collaboration and encourage incident reporting throughout the maritime security community.  Through ‘community through security’ we can be your one stop shop for your maritime security needs, sharing best practice and delivering timely, relevant threat information and subject matter expertise all from a secure, advanced online platform, weekly online publications as well as via our workshops. We relaunch this summer with a new enhanced platform, which will host our current CSO Alliance, Maritime Cyber Alliance as well as the new PFSO Alliance.

Airbus CyberSecurity protects governments, military, organisations, and critical national infrastructure from cyber threats, this experience they are sharing with the maritime sector.


We thank our global workshop series supporters Chenega, GAC, Navarino and Pole Star.

For further information contact [email protected]

Mark Sutcliffe MICS, Managing Director, CSO Alliance

T:  +44 (0) 1296 325700 , M: +44 (0) 7920112752, W:

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M49 Junction Second Bridge Lift – M49 Closure – Friday 21st June (20:00) to Monday 24 June (06:00)

Highways England will shortly be carrying out works to lift the second bridge into place on the motorway.
The M49 will be closed throughout the bridge installation and a diversion will be in place.

The work will take place from Friday 21st June at 20:00 to Monday 24 June at 06:00.

Highways England (HE) also has two contingency weekends planned for:
20:00 Friday 28 June – 06:00 Monday 1 July
20:00 Friday 5 July – 06:00 Monday 8 July

HE always aim to work to the programme; however, unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean they have to make late changes. They’ll notify you of any major amendments within the programme via advance roadside warning signs and on their website. You can also follow them on Twitter where they’ll tweet any
changes to the road closures; @HighwaysSWest.

For more on the M49 Junction you can download HE’s May newsletter here.