Busi­nesses hit by fu­neral traf­fic

Western Mail - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE in Cardiff have re­acted fu­ri­ously over how the po­lice and coun­cil han­dled the clos­ing of a busy road due to a fu­neral for a mem­ber of the trav­eller com­mu­nity.

The Chief Con­sta­ble of South Wales Po­lice has said that of­fi­cers faced more than 50 ve­hi­cles ob­struct­ing Rover Way and that they put pub­lic safety first.

He has said that the force will look for lessons and re­view ev­i­dence to con­sider whether “en­force­ment” should have been used.

But it comes too late for busi­nesses that say they lost thou­sands of pounds due to the clo­sure of Rover Way, one of the main roads into the Welsh cap­i­tal, which was closed more than 18 hours ahead of Thurs­day morn­ing’s fu­neral for Wes­ley Sykes.

Driv­ers also saw 15-minute jour­neys turn into frus­trat­ing trips of more than two hours. One man, who has run a lo­cal haulage busi­ness for 25 years, said he was still cal­cu­lat­ing the losses.

“It runs into the thou­sands,” said the busi­ness owner who did not wish to be named.

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