Fuel campaigners in A55 go-slow

Reporter:

Rhian Waller

FUEL protesters are set to cause traffic chaos with a go slow on the A55 on Sunday.


They plan to clog the A55 between Llandudno and the Stanlow oil refinery near Chester which will affect traffic across Conwy and Denbighshire with big hold ups expected around junctions between Abergele and Prestatyn.


The protesters, who plan to drive at 20mpg, say thousands of people have already signed up to the direct action, are also considering organising another rallying point in Rhyl.


James Wright, 29, from Rhyl, a former pupil at Emrys Ap Iwan, Abergele said the high price of fuel meant that his commute to his work in Wrexham has become struggle.


He said: “This is part of a multiple go slow, we will be joining other protests, one from Ellesmere Port, one from Manchester and one from Liverpool.


“A lot of people have pledged support and the organisers of the event are hoping for a turnout of between 1,000-2,000 people, these will include haulage companies, the general public and farmers.”


The go slow, which leaves Mostyn Champneys retail park in Llandudno at 12.30pm, passing Rhyl on the eastbound lane at about 1pm, a change from the original plan, which saw protestors travelling westbound along the A55 to Rhyl.


The Conwy and Denbighshire columns will meet the other protestors at the Stanlow refinery.


Mr Wright said: “Some members of the groups have pledged to stay for eight days, only letting out fuel for the emergency services.”


Paul Clemo, 53, of Towyn, who runs a delivery service based in Abergele, said: “Fuel costs are detrimental to my business. If prices go up more I won’t be able to be competitive. I have a message for the Government, and it is: ‘keep me working, not on the dole’.”
 

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