A PROTEST against increasing fuel prices could close the M4 motorway in the area of the Second Severn Crossing on Monday (July 4).

The blockade is expected to close the bridge between 7am and 7pm with the protest starting at Junction 23a at Magor on the Welsh side and the junction 20 interchange with the M5 in England with police warning of serious disruption throughout the day.

Chief Superintendent Tom Harding of Gwent Police, who is leading the policing operation, said: “Gwent Police, and Avon and Somerset Police, are working jointly with neighbouring police forces and partner agencies to ensure emergency and critical services continue and to reduce disruption to both road users and local communities, however we are preparing for serious disruption throughout the day.

“I would encourage drivers to reconsider their journey, consider working from home and avoid the area where possible.

“The right to protest under UK law must be balanced with the rights of the wider community who may be affected. We have additional officers and support in place on Monday to ensure the protest is carried out in accordance with the law.”