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Protest also causing tailbacks on Old Severn Bridge

Delays on the M48 Severn Bridge Westbound Credit: ITV Wales/Carl Edwards

The protest on the M4 Severn Bridge is causing delays on the M48 Severn Bridge too, as motorists try to get back into Wales.

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The protest is taking place on the M4 Severn Bridge


Police say they're balancing rights of protestors and motorists

Gwent Police have told ITV News that they are trying to balance the rights of the protestors with that of the motorists as they deal with an ongoing demonstration westbound on the Severn Bridge:

“At the moment [we are] there to balance the competing rights of the protestors with that of the motorists, and our aim is to ensure that the protest passes in a safe and peaceful way and everybody stays safe”.

– Inspector Micah Hassell, Gwent Police

Disruption on Severn Bridge due to 'protest'

There is traffic disruption on the M4 this afternoon due to a number of demonstrators protesting in the middle lane westbound of the Severn Crossing.

Gwent Police say officers are engaging with them to establish what their plans are.

Credit: Sion Ifan Davies
Traffic is seen to be at a standstill on the M4 Severn Bridge Credit: Sion Ifan Davies

"Our priority is the safety of those involved and motorists and also to ensure the free flow of traffic. We have adequate resources together with our partners to ensure all eventualities are dealt with appropriately.”

– Gwent Police spokesperson

Roads: M4, Briton Ferry

Two lanes are closed and there's queueing traffic after an accident on the M4 Briton Ferry Bridge Eastbound between J42 (Earlswood Roundabout/Fabian Way) and J41 (Baglan/Pentyla).

There's congestion to J44 (Llansamlet).

It's also affecting the A465 at the M4 at J43 (Llandarcy), there's congestion to the A474 (Neath Interchange)


Roads: M4, Newport

The red line signals slow moving traffic from Rumney to Magor Credit: Google Maps

There are long delays and stop-start traffic for nine miles after earlier flooding on the M4 Eastbound between J26 A4051 (Malpas Road) and J25A A4042 / B4596 (Newport/Grove Park Roundabout).

There's congestion to J32 A470 / A4054 (Coryton Interchange).

All lanes have been re-opened. It's also affecting the A48(M) outbound before the M4 at J29

Trains: South Wales - Paddington

There's disruption on First Great Western services between South Wales and London Paddington because of a signalling problem at Slough.

London Underground are accepting tickets for reasonable routes.

Tickets being accepted on via reasonable routes on other National Rail operator services.

Passengers are advised not to attempt to travel via this route. Disruption is likely to continue until around 10:00am.

Severe weather warning

Porthcawl was hit by storms in February. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning of heavy rain and strong winds for coastal areas stretching from the Vale of Glamorgan to Anglesey.

The areas affected are:

  • Bridgend
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Gwynedd
  • Isle of Anglesey
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Swansea
  • Vale of Glamorgan

Gales or even severe gales are likely around exposed coasts and high ground in the west and north on Monday morning. The public should be aware of the potential for travel disruption from the strong winds as well as standing water on the roads and reduced visibility from spray and driving rain.

– Met Office

Firefighters say trees have already been brought down in Newcastle Emlyn and Solva

And leaves are causing problems on roads between Haverfordwest and Newgale.

There are no reports of injuries.

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