Go-slow fuel protest hits Salford traffic

Companies in Greater Manchester angered by rising fuel costs have staged a go-slow protest in Salford.

About 20 lorries and vans travelled down the A6 towards Manchester city centre - led by a horse and cart.

The area has already been experiencing long tailbacks caused by roadworks on Chapel Street, in preparation for a huge regeneration of the area.

Organiser Tony Cauchi, owner of Salford Skip Hire, said fuel prices were hitting businesses hard.

The convoy left Salford Skip Hire in Cobden Street and travelled along Broughton Road, Broad Street, The Crescent, Chapel Street, Victoria Street and Trinity Way, before the convoy returned to Salford.

One protester said: "It's affecting us by at least £800 every week, fuel going up and up, and it's just going in the government's pocket rather than my pocket."

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said it was aware of the protest.

Chancellor George Osborne cut fuel duty by 1p in the budget. However many motorists say they have not seen a difference on forecourts.

More on this story