AROUND 350 vehicles are expected to take part in a fuel protest ending at Stanlow on Friday afternoon.
After gathering at Hapsford services on the M56 at about 9am, organisers from North Wales say they plan to travel in slow convoy over to Colwyn Bay where they will hand over a petition demanding action to cut spiralling fuel prices to the Welsh Assembly’s transport office.
They will then return along the same route to Stanlow later in the day.
Although the majority of the vehicles involved are likely to be HGVs, it is expected that car drivers will also join in the demonstration, which has been planned via the Facebook social networking website.
The convoy aims to set off along the M56 motorway and head via the A550, A494 and A55 to the North Wales coast.
Those taking part plan to arrive in Colwyn Bay around lunchtime. After dropping off the petition the vehicles will travel back to Stanlow, perhaps arriving between 4 and 5pm.
They are not thought to be planning any form of blockade outside the refinery.
Organisers say the aim is to block one lane of the motorway and the arterial routes.
But North Wales police fear a repeat of a similar go-slow drive along the M62 motorway in Greater Manchester recently which ended up occupying the entire carriageway, leading to traffic mayhem.
Even if this does not happen on Friday, major congestion could result from long-running roadworks around Deeside, close to the end of the M56.
Reporters on the Pioneer’s sister paper in North Wales, the Daily Post, who have been plotting the development of the protest, say that the Facebook site on which it has been organised initially had just 300 members but currently has more than 8,500.