London braces for rail disruption by climate-change protesters

Roads and buses have been disrupted and now the Tube could be targeted

Roads and buses have been disrupted and now the Tube could be targeted

Protesters on top of a DLR train at Canary Wharf.

The man and woman unfurled a banner reading "Climate Emergency - Act Now". Another activist glued himself to the side of the train.

Sefan White, 24, who works for a company that produces bar snacks in sustainable packaging, was stopped getting to work by the protesters.

The group advocates non-violent civil disobedience to force governments to reduce carbon emissions and avert what it says is a global climate crisis that will bring starvation, floods, wildfires and social collapse.

"We're probably going to lose money today".

"It is vitally important at this time".

Climate group Extinction Rebellion has ratcheted up its protests in recent weeks, blocking Marble Arch, Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge, smashing a door at the Shell building and shocking lawmakers with a semi-nude protest in parliament. "We so far have 55 bus routes closed and 500,000 people affected as a result ... we are satisfied that this threshold has been met and this course of action is necessary".

After Extinction Rebellion threatened to disrupt the city's public transport network, Transport for London disabled wifi on the underground at the request of the British Transport Police.

A Transport Police spokesperson said: "We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we would like to assure passengers that this decision is not taken lightly and will be reviewed throughout the day".

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Transport for London (TfL) said: "We will restore access as soon as we are able to do so".

The protest saw more than a thousand people block off central London's Waterloo Bridge and lay trees in pots along its length.

The campaign group released a statement where it confirmed its plans to disrupt the Tube today if the Government did not meet its demands.

It added: "There is a need to ensure the right balance is struck between allowing the right to peaceful protest, while disruption to communities is kept to a minimum".

"I am extremely concerned about the plans some protesters have to disrupt the London Underground", said Mayor Sadiq Khan in a statement.

In a Twitter post, he said: "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".

Police Scotland later tweeted that 29 people were arrested for breach of the peace.

A total of 290 people were arrested on Monday and Tuesday after the activists blocked some of the capital's most iconic locations, many camping in tents on London's streets.

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