Brynglas Tunnels to close ahead of English holidaymakers

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Newport’s famous Brynglas Tunnels are to close ahead of this year’s English holidaymakers.

Highway officials say that they made the decision as a ‘bit of a laugh’ as lockdown restrictions ease. It means that tourists would have to take a ‘traumatising’ 17-hour detour through the tropical town of Newport.

A spokeswoman said:

“We found out last night that English tourists are leaving it late to come to Wales. They’re setting off in rush hour so we thought we’d be a bit naughty and shut the Brynglas Tunnels just before they arrive. That means that they’ll be re-routed through Newport, where they can take in the majestic scenery and tropical wildlife. It also means that they won’t get to their destinations until very late, which will be mildly amusing at best.”

English tourist Tarquin Smythe-Peacock told WalesOnCraic:

“What is this Newport of which one speaks? Is it like our Henley-On-Thames? Can one get a cucumber sandwich when one is there? This all sounds jolly exciting and one looks forward to it. Tally ho.”

The tunnels will reopen as soon as the holiday season is over.

Image: Norman Hyett