Fuel protests to bring roads to a standstill as millions go on holiday on Friday

Fuel protests to bring roads to a standstill as millions go on holiday on Friday

Protests over fuel prices scheduled for Friday are expected to wreak havoc on major roads as millions of families head out on summer vacation.

Protesters plan to cause delays with “slow roadblocks” – when motorists drive very slowly – on parts of the M4, M5, M32 and A38, police have warned.

Fuel Price Stand Against Tax, a 53,000-member Facebook group, shared a post suggesting it would come together “nationwide” to make its voice heard.

Demonstrations are planned in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, London and Manchester.

An estimated 18.8 million leisure trips are planned in the UK between Friday and Monday, the RAC said, as schools in England and Wales go their separate ways for the summer.

It is feared that the M25 will be the most affected by traffic jams, particularly the sections between Bromley and Dartford Crossing; Maple Cross and the M3; and the M23 to the M40.

Queues are also likely to develop on the A303 near Stonehenge, Wiltshire; the M4 between Cardiff and Newport, South Wales, and the M5 south of Bristol, according to transport analyst firm Inrix.

It is the latest in a series of protests amid growing anger over the fuel crisis – As record prices see people across the country struggling to stay financially afloat.

Avon and Somerset Police said their protest liaison team had engaged with protest organizers in a bid to minimize disruption.

But Superintendent Tony Blatchford warned that journey times are likely to be longer than normal, particularly on motorways which are already busy at this time of year.

“We advise motorists to consider all alternative travel plans available and to ensure that they are suitably prepared in the event of a delay,” he said.

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Earlier in July, a protester had a colorful message for those he sees as benefiting from high fuel prices

On Friday a convoy of vehicles will head north on the M5 between Bridgwater and Almondsbury interchange from around 8.45am, then east along the M4 and to Junction 1 of the M32 .

It is planned to leave the motorway and stop “for a while” before the same trip in the opposite direction.

They are due to return to Bridgwater by early afternoon, police said.

A second group plan to block a Shell petrol station in Bristol Road, Bridgwater on Friday morning.

Earlier this week protesters caused major disruption by climbing on signs above the M25.

Motorists are also braced for long delays at the Port of Dover after a three-hour wait to complete border control and administration on Thursday.

A port spokesperson said: “Due to high demand and past capacity issues at the border, the port system is working hard to catch up and get everyone through as quickly as possible.”

Twelve people were arrested after the same slowing tactics had immobilized parts of the M4 on 4 July.

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Lower prices are not passed on to drivers

A new RAC analysis found that just 4% of forecourts charged less than 180p a liter of petrol.

Four out of five of these sites are independent, the rest belonging to supermarkets or oil companies.

Traditionally, supermarkets were the first to introduce discounts.

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The average price at which retailers buy petrol has fallen by 17 pence a liter since the start of June.

But prices at the pump have fallen by a “paltry 4 pence”, according to the data.

The RAC estimate motorists should pay 174p a liter of petrol and 189p for diesel.

But the average price of a liter of petrol on Wednesday was 187.5p, while diesel cost 196.1p, according to data firm Experian.

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