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Today was somewhat different but the bore turned out to be rather longer than most days!
With the radio burbling on in the background this morning I heard an announcement there was a lorry on fire in The Brynglas Tunnel west bound and explosions had been heard.
These two tunnels, east and west bound where each 3 lane of the M4 motorway narrows to pass through the two lane pinch point – originally designed to solve congestion in Newport and handle through traffic they were opened in 1967 – Much has happened since!
There can be few who use these tunnels regularly who can not have hoped for a moment that the explosions had be large enough to destabilise the hill the tunnels burrow under, forcing the removal of a sector of the hill to expand the facility of the M4 beyond these two ill planned tunnels.
I rang at 13:10hrs. and normally the journey takes from 35 to 40 minutes BUT TODAY!!!!
I set out at 13:25hrs. and finally arrived after going through the lanes across Redwick, Goldcrest etc. to Nash – not really knowing where I was much of the time – then into the snarl up in Newport which was total gridlock – I eventually arrived in Velindre at 15:40hrs.
Over 2 hours to travel 35 miles!
I received my 57 seconds of ZAP on the machine and then set out home again at about 16:20hrs. – this time I headed north towards Merthyr Tydfal and cut across the valleys to Usk where by now it was18:30hrs. so I stopped off for coffee with friends and eventually arrived home at 20:35hrs.
I must say I find doing this every day a bit daunting!
However I must say the staff at Velindre have been brilliant and have reshuffled appointments and tried to keep no one waiting – in fact I was, with the consent of all the others waiting, bumped up the list and dealt with almost immediately in the light of how much travelling was involved.
Thank you to anyone I delayed and a big thanks to the efficiency of the staff.
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