Climate protesters have blocked a key city centre road in Cardiff, causing disruption for commuters and travellers.
Member of the Extinction Rebellion group have parked a green boat in the middle of the street, adjacent to Cardiff Castle. The police have since closed roads between Queen Street and Westgate Street.
The group is raising awareness about climate change and Cardiff is one of many cities to experience similar protests that are taking place across the UK this week.
Extinction Rebellion protestors block Duke Street outside Cardiff Castle with a green boat as the environmental protest group begin a series of planned week-long protests, collectively called ‘Project Mushroom. The Extinction Rebellion are a socio-political movement which uses civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to protest against climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.
As one of only a handful of roads that connect one half of the city with another, travellers have been warned by South Wales Police and Cardiff Bus to expect delays. Disruption is expected to last several days.
Last night, Cardiff Bus issued a list of the affected routes:
The protest is likely to continue tonight and during rush hour tomorrow morning. Please plan your journey before you travel and allow extra time to arrive at your destination as the city centre and surrounding roads are congested. pic.twitter.com/RbcQIchw5X
— Cardiff bus (@Cardiffbus) July 15, 2019
South Wales Police issued a similar warning on Twitter, saying they expect delays to continue this morning (Tuesday):
We expect city centre roads around Castle Street to remain closed to traffic tomorrow morning due to the Extinction Rebellion protest.
Please avoid driving into the city centre if possible and consider using public transport, or walking or cycling for shorter journeys. pic.twitter.com/LwFVcEIO47
— Cardiff Council (@cardiffcouncil) July 15, 2019
Photos courtesy of Matthew Horwood, Cardiff-based Press & PR photographer.