In pictures: Drivers protest over fuel prices in Newcastle and Gateshead

A convoy of vehicles travelled through the city at speeds as low as 5mph in protest about fuel prices A convoy of lorries joined a ‘drive slow’ protest in Newcastle and Gateshead today, calling on the government to act now to stop rising fuel costs. Dozens of drivers took to some of the city’s busiest roads, slowing to speeds of 5mph along the route and hitting major roads such as the A1 on their journey.

The Saturday morning protest journeyed near some of the region’s busiest shopping districts, including Newcastle city centre and Metrocentre, at a time when many people were travelling to do their Christmas shopping. Veteran campaigner Andrew Spence organised the protest to highlight that fuel prices are “getting out of hand”. It comes after the price of diesel rose to a new record high, surpassing 150p per litre for the first time.

Andrew is calling on the government to make fuel “more economically available for members of the public and businesses”. The 54-year-old farmer, from Leadgate, County Durham, wants to see a cap on prices, which is set for six months. He would like the government to promise that if the price of oil goes up, tax is cut, whereas if fuel costs go down, tax stays up.

Around 25 vehicles joined today’s ‘slow protest’, which started at Gateshead’s Team Valley at 11am and travelled into Newcastle city centre via the A1.

The convoy travelled towards Redheugh Bridge, through the city centre and back over the Tyne Bridge towards the Angel of the North.

Pictures show the convoy as it travelled through Newcastle and Gateshead.