M5 traffic news: fuel protests, delays, location of traffic

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Motorists on the M5 face delays due to a protest on the motorway.

Protesters carry out actions over M4, M5 and M32 today (July 22).

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Millions of cars are expected to take to the streets this weekend for the big summer holiday.

RAC forecast 18.8 million leisure trips will be planned in the UK between Friday and Monday.

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Here’s everything you need to know about traffic on the M5.

What are the fuel protests?

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A group called the Fuel Price Stand Against Tax is organizing a “slow roadblock” on major roads, including the M5.

She is protesting against the high fuel prices of the past few weeks and months.

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Figures from data company Experian show that the average price of a liter of petrol was 187.5p on Wednesday, while diesel was 196.1p.

Where are the protests taking place?

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In the first phase of action on Friday in the South West, vehicles will head north on the M5 between Bridgwater and the Almondsbury Interchange from around 8.45am, then east along the M4 and onto junction 1 of the M32.

The convoy is expected to exit the freeway and stop “for a period of time” before retracing the same route in reverse and arriving back in Bridgewater “early afternoon,” police said.

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A second group of protesters plan to drive slowly to the Shell petrol station on Bristol Road, Bridgewater.

M5 Motorway. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

What are the current delays on M5?

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AA traffic showing ‘serious’ delays on M5 southbound between M49 and J21 A370 (Weston-Super-Mare). Average speed 20 km/h.

There are also delays on the M5 Southbound between J21 A370 (Weston-Super-Mare) and Strowland Lane (Sedgemoor Services) and two minute delays between J20 B3133 Ettlingen Way (Clevedon) and J21 A370 (Weston-Super-Mare).

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Drivers are also being warned they will face “serious delays” of 17 minutes and delays on the northbound M5 between J22 (Burnham-On-Sea) and Strowland Lane (Sedgemoor Services). Average speed five miles per hour.

There are also seven minute delays on the southbound M5 between Strowland Lane (Sedgemoor Services) and J23 A39 (Bridgwater North). Average speed 25 km/h.

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What did the police say?

Superintendent Tony Blatchford of Avon and Somerset Police has urged drivers to consider “alternative travel plans” amid the pump price protests.

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He said: “Our protest liaison team has been working with the organizer so we can inform the public of the likely disruption and help minimize it.

“Nevertheless, motorists must expect longer than normal travel times, especially on motorways, which are often the busiest at this time of year.

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“We advise motorists to consider any available alternative travel plans and ensure they are adequately prepared in the event of a delay.”

Fuel price protests on 4 July resulted in 12 people being arrested on the M4.

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The convoy is expected to exit the freeway and stop “for a period of time” before retracing the same route in reverse and arriving back in Bridgewater “early afternoon,” police said.

When was the M5 built and how long is it?

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The M5 connects the Midlands to the South West.

It runs from junction 8 of the M6 ​​in West Bromwich near Birmingham to Exeter in Devon.

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The highway is 162.9 miles long.

It opened in 1962 and was completed in 1977.

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The main destinations along the M5 are:

  • West Bromwich
  • Birmingham
  • Bromsgrove
  • Worcester
  • Cheltenham
  • Gloucester
  • Bristol
  • Weston-super-Mare
  • bridge water
  • Taunton
  • exeter

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