FOUR members of the environmental group Extinction Rebellion scaled the London offices of the HS2 high-speed railway project on Tuesday.
The protest forced roads round London’s Euston Station to close as Police attempted to force the protesters down.
The group say they wanted to show their solidarity with protesters who have tunnelled under a park close to the nearby Euston Station in a bid to stop the scheme.
Standing on top of the entrance to the HS2 offices, the four activists dressed in orange jump-suits held a banner which read: “Essential work should heal not harm,” in reference to the ongoing construction works despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Activists from HS2 rebellion revealed last week that they had dug a 100-foot tunnel in Euston Square Gardens, which is needed for the construction of the project according to the HS2 company, in attempt to block the railway project.
Bailiffs began trying to evict protesters from the site on Wednesday, while the activists have launched a legal action over what they allege are unsafe methods being employed during the eviction process.
The HS2 (High Speed 2) is a high speed rail link which will connect London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Manchester and Leeds, at a cost of some £106 billion according to estimates given in a government report in 2019, with the first stage linking London to Birmingham expected to be completed between 2028 and 2031.