A HUGE ‘go-slow’ protest over the cost of fuel is set to bring Stanlow traffic to a halt.
Up to 1,000 vehicles will be involved in the protest on Sunday, May 8, say organisers who have vowed to blockade deliveries to the oil refinery.
Three separate convoys will join up in Birch services on the M62 in Greater Manchester at 12.30pm.
From there, they will travel to the M56 and on to the M6 before joining vehicles travelling from Liverpool. A third group is set to leave North Wales before all three convoys travel on to the refinery for the biggest protest there for years.
The protest is being billed an ‘anti-fuel tax pincer movement’ by the Stanlow Fuel Protest and Direct Action Group.
Spokesman Ian Charlesworth said the action would ‘clog up’ major motorways and A-roads from Wales through Greater Manchester and Cheshire. All three convoys are expected to travel at a maximum of 20mph.
Mr Charlesworth said: “This is not just a protest from a few lorry drivers.
“The demonstration is a union of all the people in Britain who feel the full effect of fuel taxes on a daily basis.
“Farmers will come out in their tractors, long-distance drivers in their lorries and motorcyclists on their bikes.
“The coalition Government will have no choice but to sit up and listen to our message. Driving in this country is becoming a near impossibility.
“We’re encouraging any drivers who feel that they have been getting the raw end of the deal to speak with their vehicles and join us in this protest.”
The ‘go-slow’ is being billed as the biggest in the north of England since 2008, when hundreds of bikers and other vehicles gathered at Birch services between Junctions 18 and 19 of the M62.