Santia office hours during NATO Summitt 2014

On 4th-5th  September 2014, Wales will host the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain as the UK hosts the NATO summit. The areas affected will be around Celtic Manor Resort, Cardiff City Centre and  the roads in between, but there is no intention to close the M4 at any point.

Potentially there could be school closures (although the majority are expected to open), travel disruptions due to alternative route diversions, public protests taking place etc. Hotel accommodation in the area is fully booked.

All of the above may cause potential disruptions for our head office staff travelling to Parc Nantgarw or field staff visiting head office or visiting client sites in the affected locations.

Santia House will be open as usual during the two days of summit, however, we recommend that anyone intending to visit Santia House during the two days of the NATO Summit, to get in touch with your Santia contact to make sure that arrangements still stand, to communicate possible delays or to rearrange for another date.

Roads to avoid during the NATO Summit include:
Castle Street, North Road and Boulevard de Nantes – all in Cardiff City Centre - fencing is scheduled to be removed by September 12.

The Chepstow Road towards the Celtic Manor Resort will be the route of a march, which begins at 12pm at the Cenotaph. It is not yet known where the march will end and if there will be disruption to traffic should protestors return to Newport City Centre using the same route.

The time and route of the march may change, so travelers are advised to heed advisory and diversion signs.

Whilst the Government website states that there are no intentions to close the M4 at any point, this does not rule out the possibility that lane restrictions may be in place to enable to speedy transportation of the NATO delegation. It is anticipated that significant disruption should only be limited to pinch-points during the two days as delegations arrive and depart the Celtic Manor Resort. In particular, the rush hour on Thursday evening and Friday morning are expected to be the worst affected. So extra time, flexible start/finish times and public transport/car sharing are advised.

For more details visit the Government website

Post date: 01 Sep 2014

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