Fuel price protestors will slow traffic to a crawl with rolling roadblocks on M4, M5, M3 and A38 tomorrow as summer holidays start for millions of families report says.
Major roads will tomorrow see disruption as fuel price protesters will block major roads coinciding with the start of the ‘summer getaway’ season as most schools close today.
However, Avon and Somerset Police have warned motorists to be informed of the ‘slow-moving roadblocks’ which are planned on parts of the M4, M5, M32 and A38 as activists demonstrate against the rising cost of fuel.
An image posted on the Facebook group Fuel Price Stand Against Tax suggests demonstrations will be held ‘nationwide’, including in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
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This could cause disruption to the millions of families embarking on getaways at the start of summer holidays for many schools in England and Wales, with many potentially arriving hours late at their hotels or holiday flats.
‘Our protest liaison team has been engaging with the organiser so we can inform the public of the likely disruption and help to minimise it Superintendent Tony Blatchford of Avon and Somerset Police said.
‘Nevertheless, drivers can expect journey times will likely be longer than normal, especially on motorways, which often tend to be at their busiest at this time of year.
‘We advise motorists to consider any alternative travel plans available and ensure they are suitably prepared in case they are delayed.’
Fuel price protests on July 4 led to 12 people being arrested on the M4.
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The first stage of Friday’s action in the South West will see vehicles travel north on the M5 between Bridgwater and the Almondsbury Interchange from around 8.45am, then east along the M4 and to Junction 1 of the M32.