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Fuel protesters plan blockade on Heads of the Valleys Road

16 Jun 2022 2 minute read
A465 Heads of the Valleys Road near Brynmawr. Photo via Google
Protesters plan to block a major road in south Wales over rising fuel costs.

Gwent Police said they are aware a demonstration is due to take place on the A465 Heads of the Valleys Road on Thursday.

It is believed a small number of activists will attempt to blockade a section of the road at Brynmawr, near Ebbw Vale.

The force has advised drivers to take alternative routes and said anyone committing road traffic offences will be prosecuted.

Superintendent Mike Richards said: “We have a responsibility to facilitate peaceful protests but blocking highways, causing significant disruption to businesses and communities in the area, is unlawful.

“We will make every effort to try and minimise the impact on the public. We will prosecute anyone who commits road traffic offences, and any other offences, during the protest.”

Similar protests are being planned across the UK next month, including on the Prince of Wales Bridge and the Severn Bridge, according to some organisers, with the England-crossings set to be targeted on July 4.

Fuel costs

Fuel costs hit new record highs every day over the last month, with the average petrol price now 186.59p per litre, with diesel at 192.48p.

The RAC has said the cost to fill a family car now stands at about £103 for petrol, and £106 for diesel, and called on the Government to cut fuel taxes to help motorists.

Following a request by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, the Competition and Markets Authority is to review petrol station operators and fuel costs amid concerns a 5p per litre cut in fuel duty implemented in March has not been passed on to consumers.

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Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
1 year ago

Will they be arresting them and locking them up like they do with environment protesters such as Insulate Britain?

Probably not.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
1 year ago
Reply to  Barry Pandy

Of course not! They are clearly not ‘Woke’ so deserve to be let off with a light smacking.

Of course if we really want to do something about fuel costs the Government ought to introduce fuel rationing. That would mean that everybody would get a fair share but it would generally depress consumption. As that happens the price of fuel will fall as happened in the first part of the Pandemic.

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