Fuel crisis: Protesters plan slow drive down A1 on Friday

Thousands of protesters plan to slow down a huge section of the A1 tomorrow (June 17) to fight rising fuel prices.

Two thousand motorists are expected to take part in a slow drive from Stannington, near Morpeth to Wetherby on the A1 on Friday afternoon.

The event is organized by the car enthusiast group Summer Madness and has so far drawn great support online.

Jay Garside, an event manager from Newcastle and a member of Summer Madness who organized the protest, told The Northern Echo that they were planning a ‘legal’ and ‘peaceful’ protest.

Jay, 45, said: “As a group full of car enthusiasts, we all spend a lot on our cars, and a large part of it is fuel. We said that when fuel prices reach £ 2 per liter, it is meant to one has to stand up and protest and do something about it.

“Six years ago we held a protest in the same format as tomorrow, and it worked.

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“The feedback I get from Facebook is that everyone wants to do something, but no one knows what to do.

“We know what to do, so we decided to lead by example and show people how to make a legal, peaceful protest, not block roads or petrol forecourts, but slow down the A1.

“We show people how to behave, what works and what gets the level of support we get.”

The protest convoy is set to leave Stannington services in Northumberland at 15.30 Friday afternoon and slowly drive down to Wetherby services around kl. 20.00 with a speed of 30 km / h.

The protesters will then turn around and return to Kingston Park, near Newcastle.

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Garside added: “We expect around 2,000 vehicles to arrive, but it could be anywhere up to four or five thousand.

“We have trucks on the road, hauliers, we get support that we never expected.

‘People come from Hull just to drive with us and brake the A1. They travel up three hours just to drive down again to participate. ”

Fuel prices continued to rise over the past week, with the average price of unleaded reaching 187.01p per liter. liters and 193.30p per. liters for diesel on Thursday (June 15).

Last week, BP was seen by Washington Services on the A1 (M), which the convoy will pass on its journey, charged over £ 2 per liter to refuel.

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