Disruption could continue until Saturday as Extinction Rebellion continues climate change protest
Wed 21 Nov 2018
Climate activists have caused serious disruption to rush-hour traffic in London with a series of “swarming” roadblocks at several different locations around the capital as police warned motorists that more protests were expected.
From 8am on Wednesday groups of protesters coordinated by the group Extinction Rebellion walked on to roads in Westminster, Tower Bridge, Elephant and Castle, and Earl’s Court, blocking traffic for several minutes at a time in a plan to bring gridlock to the city.
The Metropolitan police said that protests could continue until Saturday and advised against driving into the city. The Met also warned people that attempting to drive through the demonstrations was “very dangerous and illegal”.
Roads&Transport MPS (@MPSRTPC)
On the 22-24 Nov, there will be protests across London that may result in delays to your journey. We advise not to travel by car or motorbike. If you do drive into London please note attempting to drive through protestors in the road is very dangerous and illegal
A spokesperson for Transport for London said Wednesday’s protests had caused serious disruption to traffic and buses. The action was met by an ambivalent response from some members of the public on their way to work, but others said they backed the demonstrations.
Climate protesters from the Extinction Rebellion group hold placards and banners as they block traffic in Elephant and Castle. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images