M4 will stay open for Newport Nato summit

M4 will stay open for Newport Nato summit

M4 will stay open for Newport Nato summit

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THE man spearheading the police operation around the Newport Nato summit has reiterated the M4 will not close – and says motorcades will be moved around traffic.

Speaking to the Argus, Merseyside Police Assistant Chief Constable Chris Armitt says dry runs have already taken place of how motorcades will be run through the motorway – and said they were confident they could pull it off without a bringing things to a standstill.

“We’ve no intention of shutting the M4. The M4 plays a critical role in the delivery of the summit,” he said.

“On the evening of the September 4 and the morning of September 5 at rush hour times there will be movements on the M4 that are driven by the event. We will make those within the normal traffic flow.”

He said that a motorcade – effectively a number of coaches, escort motorcycles and escort vehicles – were taken out into rush hour traffic to test their methodology.

“We were able to get to where we needed to go in the traffic flow with minimal disruption, and that has given us confidence that we can deliver without bringing things to a standstill,” he said.

Mr Armitt said there will be some disruption in the Cathays Park area of Cardiff City Centre on the evening of September 4 with a small number of road closures.

Police will facilitate the march due to take place on the Thursday from Clarence Place in Newport to near the summit venue, but said protestors will not gain access to Celtic Manor Resort.

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5:18pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Magor says...

If one protestor gets onto the M4 it wont stay open.
If one protestor gets onto the M4 it wont stay open. Magor
  • Score: 12

9:39pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Port0214 says...

How else are the delegates going to get to Cardiff.
How else are the delegates going to get to Cardiff. Port0214
  • Score: -2

10:17pm Mon 14 Jul 14

MikeO4O8 says...

i should hope its going to stay open, imagine the chaos that would cause if it was closed, its bad enough when there is a crash.

i assume most if not all of them will be getting flown in my helicopter, so i doubt there will be any sort of attack on the m4.
i should hope its going to stay open, imagine the chaos that would cause if it was closed, its bad enough when there is a crash. i assume most if not all of them will be getting flown in my helicopter, so i doubt there will be any sort of attack on the m4. MikeO4O8
  • Score: 0

12:57am Tue 15 Jul 14

JoJoJoJo says...

Also the head of the protesters currently occupying the old Thai Restaurant as pictured by the Argus a few weeks ago has requested J26 of the M4 to stay open.
Also the head of the protesters currently occupying the old Thai Restaurant as pictured by the Argus a few weeks ago has requested J26 of the M4 to stay open. JoJoJoJo
  • Score: -2

3:52pm Tue 15 Jul 14

DavidMclean says...

Has anyone told this guy that it matters not whether they think they can "pull it off without a bringing things to a standstill."

This is the M4 in Newport mate. It doesn't need presidents and motorcades to bring it to a standstill. It is more than capable of coming to a standstill of its own accord!

Actually, there is a very real chance that some of these VIPs will find themselves stuck in traffic jams. It happens daily thanks to the Malpas Tunnels. Imagine the panic when that happens.
Has anyone told this guy that it matters not whether they think they can "pull it off without a bringing things to a standstill." This is the M4 in Newport mate. It doesn't need presidents and motorcades to bring it to a standstill. It is more than capable of coming to a standstill of its own accord! Actually, there is a very real chance that some of these VIPs will find themselves stuck in traffic jams. It happens daily thanks to the Malpas Tunnels. Imagine the panic when that happens. DavidMclean
  • Score: 3

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