Londoners face another day of climate change protests today after action has so far cost businesses millions in lost revenue and disrupted key transport services.
The Extinction Rebellion protest entered its fourth day this morning as organisers vowed they would not leave until the government meets its demands to de-carbonise the economy.
Transport for London (TfL) this morning warned that Marble Arch remains closed to traffic as does Parliament Square, and Waterloo Bridge, where police have struggled to remove a protester blockade.
Oxford Circus, where protesters have set up camp, also remains blocked, with commuters warned to “expect delays throughout the day”.
Parliament Square – and approaches remain closed. Traffic is slow moving southbound on Lambeth Palace Road and on approach to Lambeth Roundabout. https://t.co/MfR3ZTcxlW— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) April 18, 2019
Officers have made 340 arrests since Monday but Extinction Rebellion claimed police cells across London were now full, with the Met operating a one-in one-out policy.
Yesterday police spent hours removing three protesters who glued themselves to a Docklands Light Railway (DLR) train at Canary Wharf station, causing disruption in the heart of the financial district.
West End businesses also complained that the week’s action has cost them £12m in lost revenue.
New West End Company, which represents businesses in the area, urged London mayor Sadiq Khan to “take control” of the situation.
Four protesters glued themselves to a fence outside Jeremy Corbyn's north London home yesterday. One reportedly said: “He is [the] best hope this country has and we are hear to support him to go further.”
Extinction Rebellion’s demands include restricting air travel for emergency use only and for the UK economy to completely de-carbonise within six years.