Climate change protesters mount train amid plan to ‘disrupt’ public transport | UK News

Climate change protesters have mounted a train at Canary Wharf station in London amid a wave of further action expected today.

A man and woman, both dressed in black, were pictured on top of a DLR carriage holding a banner that read: “Climate emergency.”

It comes after a group representing businesses in the West End district claimed two days of demonstrations have cost firms £12m.

Police officers detain a climate change activist at Waterloo Bridge during the Extinction Rebellion protest in London
At least 290 people have been arrested over the demonstrations

Takings and footfall are down by up to 25% in some stores, the New West End Company said, as it called on police to “take control of the situation”.

Protesters from the Extinction Rebellion campaign have occupied the cross-roads outside Oxford Circus Underground station, camping out there for two days.

Despite a police order restricting demonstrations to a site at Marble Arch, they have remained at some of the capital’s busiest hotspots – including Waterloo Bridge.

So far at least 290 people have been arrested for taking part in the ongoing action as police say the demonstrations are causing “serious disruption”.

More “non-violent” protests are planned today on the Underground network “to highlight the emergency of ecological collapse” – if the government does not meet Extinction Rebellion’s members.

British Transport Police confirmed wi-fi has been shut off at some stations in a bid to deter demonstrators.

So far almost 300 people have been arrested in London

Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, wrote a letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan saying businesses in the district were “deeply concerned” by the “continued disruption”.

“At a time when our high streets are struggling, this additional pressure is deeply damaging to London’s economy and reputation,” he added.

The group says it represents shops on 74 streets which employ 150,000 workers.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Jessica Winter sings on a boat placed in the center of a traffic junction as Environmental campaigners block Oxford Circus during a coordinated protest by the Extinction Rebellion group on April 15, 2019 in London, England. With demonstrations blocking a number of locations across the capital, the group aims to stop traffic for up to five days. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Protesters have occupied the cross-roads at Oxford Circus for two days

Mr Khan has said he shares the passion of protesters about the urgent need to tackle climate change.

But he added he was “extremely concerned” about plans to disrupt the London Underground.

“It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency – and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city,” he said in a statement.

“Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners’ safety and I’d implore anyone considering doing so to think again.”

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