Fuel-shortage protest could block M4, M5 and M32, Bristol drivers warned

‘Plan ahead’ as key routes affected

Drivers are being warned of major disruption that could see motorways blocked around Bristol due to planned nationwide protests over soaring fuel costs.

Several key routes likely to be affected, including the M4 Severn Bridge between England and Wales in both directions, ahead of the morning rush-hour on Monday (July 4).

A slow-moving roadblock is also planned on the M5 between Bridgwater and the Almondsbury Interchange from about 8.30am, which is likely to head east towards Bristol via the M4 and M32.

From there, there is a possibility the same protest could be carried out along the same route towards Somerset.

Police said they expect the protests may also have ‘a knock-on effect’ on other roads too as drivers seek alternative routes.

Superintendent Paul Wigginton, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “Working alongside Gwent Police, we are engaging with the various organisers of these protests.

“People have a right to peaceful protest and liaison teams from both Gwent and Avon and Somerset have been working to understand campaigners’ plans so public safety is maintained and to reduce disruption to others.

“Nevertheless, drivers can expect journey times will likely be longer than normal, especially on motorways and main roads during the busiest times of the day. We advise motorists consider any alternative travel plans available and ensure they are suitably prepared in case they are delayed.”