Police have warned that travel disruption is expected on the M5 past Burnham-On-Sea this morning (Monday, 4th July) due to planned nationwide protests about the cost of fuel.
A slow-moving roadblock is planned on the M5 motorway from Bridgwater, past Burnham-On-Sea, and up to the Almondsbury Interchange from about 8.30am.
Police say it 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.
Other routes affected will include the M4 Severn Bridge between England and Wales in both directions, ahead of the morning rush-hour.
Police say they expect the protests may also have a knock-on effect on other roads too as drivers seek alternative routes.
Superintendent Paul Wigginton 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.”