Extinction Rebellion – a reactive climate change group intent on public disruption – has started another day of demonstrations. Their protests brought much of London to a standstill yesterday, as people camped out at Waterloo bridge and Oxford Circus. Numerous Tube lines saw major delays, and one protester glued himself to a DLR carriage. Protests will continue for two weeks in total, so people should expect further delays to public transport.
Which roads are closed in the UK?
These roads are currently closed due to Extinction Rebellion protests:
– A3212 Whitehall both ways between Horse Guards Avenue and Parliament Square
– A302 Bridge Street both ways
– A301 Waterloo Bridge both ways on the river Thames
– A4201 Regent Street Northbound from A4
– A4201 Regent Street both ways from Hanover Street to Margaret Street
– A40 Bayswater Road/Oxford Street both ways from A402 to A41 Portman Street
– A4202 Park Lane Northbound in Marble Arch
– A40 Cumberland Gate from A4202 Park Lane (Marble Arch) to A402
Latest updates from Transport for London
Today, the tube has avoided major delays as a result of the protests, as Extinction Rebellion had not planned transport demonstrations.
The April 17 protests were specifically directed at disrupting public transport, so today is business as usual for the Tube.
However, climate protesters are still camping out on roads, meaning bus routes are affected.
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Here is the current London rail status:
– District line (Severe and minor delays)
– London Overground (Reduced service )
– Tram (Part closure)
There are also disruptions to a large number of bus services, mainly to those with routes crossing Extinction Rebellion occupation areas.
You can check if your bus route is affected via the TfL website.
How long will travel delays continue for?
Extinction Rebellion announced their intention to disrupt travel last week when they posted an official event titled ‘UK rebellion – shut down London!’ to their official website.
The event is scheduled to last until April 29 at 10.59am, marking a full fortnight of travel interruptions.
However, police are clamping down on protesters, and have made more than 300 arrests, which may affect Extinction Rebellion’s ability to hold key traffic arteries.