Drivers warned of delays as protest convoy takes to A1

HOLD-UPS ... drivers could face delays on the A1 tomorrow as up to 1,000 car enthusiasts take part in a protest.
HOLD-UPS ... drivers could face delays on the A1 tomorrow as up to 1,000 car enthusiasts take part in a protest.
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DRIVERS using the A1 have been warned to expect delays tomorrow as a protest convoy takes to the roads ahead of the bank holiday weekend getaway.

A peaceful protest is due to begin at 4pm tomorrow, with up to 1,000 drivers motoring from Morpeth to Leeds and back again.

Police are working to ensure the event passes safely and with minimal disruption to the public.

Chief Inspector John Heckels of Northumbria Police motor patrols said: “We’ve met with the organisers of the protest and they have informed us about what they have planned for Friday.

“They have assured us that it will be a peaceful protest, that they will comply with road regulations and laws, and that they have no intention of causing any unnecessary delays or problems for other motorists.

“As car enthusiasts they do not want to cause any problems for the general public, and are looking to hold a peaceful and law-abiding protest similar to other protests that have been held on the country’s roads.

“We will be working closely with the group and we will have extra officers out on the roads while the convoy passes through our area.

“With it being the Friday before bank holiday weekend we expect the A1 will be busy.

“There are also number of roadworks ongoing at different sections and speed restrictions are in place on some sections.

“The A1 will be busier than normal between 4pm and 5pm, while the group heads south, and then again between 9pm and 10pm when the group travel back north.

“There may be some delays, and we’d ask motorists to be patient or find alternative routes where possible.

“As a force we respect the right to peaceful protest and our role is to protect, reassure and support our communities.

“Our priority is the safety of everyone – those attending any events, the general public and in the case of this particular protest, everyone on the roads.

“We will be doing all we can on Friday with minimal disruption to the general public.”