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These are the roads in Wales bracing for a ‘big increase’ in traffic during the rail strikes

20 Jun 2022 2 minute read
M4 traffic at Port Talbot. Picture by Ben Salter (CC BY 2.0).

The AA have warned drivers on some of Wales’ roads to brace for “severe traffic” as train passengers switch to road transport during the rail strikes.

The worst affected roads are likely to be main motorway arteries, as well as rural and suburban areas, they said.

The M4, A55, A5, and A483 in Wales are likely to be the worst affected, according to the AA.

Most railway in Wales will be closed during the industrial action on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

An AA route planner spokesman said: “Even though the strike is for three days, many travellers will give up on the trains for the whole week.

“Generally we predict a big increase in traffic in Scotland, Wales and major routes across the UK.

“The impact will be slightly cushioned by record fuel prices deterring some and more commuters deciding to work from home but congestion will still be a problem.”


RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said the strikes will “inevitably lead to the roads being used more”.

He said that “major city routes” were likely to see some of the biggest increases in traffic volumes, “as even if rail lines are still open, there will be significantly fewer trains running”.

“With strikes like these planned it’s perhaps little wonder that so many drivers across the country are dependent on their vehicles,” he said.

“Traffic jams aside, using a car often turns out to be the most practical and reliable way of getting around.”

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Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 year ago

And the good news is that Boris Johnson and Grant Shapps/Fox/Green/Stockheath all refused to even try to stop the strike but ordered the employers not to make a deal.

Hey ho, the Tories are back in power.Same old same old.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
1 year ago

Solidarity with the railway workers and drivers. Surprised that N.C are going with the government line on this story, perhaps balance it up with an article by the RMT?

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
1 year ago

I’m all for the workers on this one. Always will be.

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