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UK: Protesters dig 30m tunnel under London park to block high-speed rail link03:11

UK: Protesters dig 30m tunnel under London park to block high-speed rail link

United Kingdom, London
January 27, 2021 at 21:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Bailiffs on Wednesday started evicting activists who have dug a 30 metre (100 foot) tunnel near London's Euston station in a bid to block construction of the H2S high-speed rail link.

Members of the HS2 rebellion group, which created the project, were seen climbing onto wooden platforms in trees at Euston Square Gardens as enforcement officers moved in to remove activists from the site, which is needed for the construction of the project according to the HS2 company.

"The HS2 company across England, at (the) cost of £1 billion (€1.13 billion/$1.37 billion) a mile, they've ripped down - to my knowledge - 116 ancient woodlands. They've destroyed it, they ripped it," said HS2 Rebellion activist Sara.

The operation to evict the activists reportedly stalled later on Wednesday.

HS2 is a high speed rail link which will connect London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Manchester and Leeds, at a cost of some £106 billion (€119 billion/$145 billion), according to estimates given in a government report in 2019, with the first stage linking London to Birmingham expected to be completed between 2028 and 2031.

UK: Protesters dig 30m tunnel under London park to block high-speed rail link03:11
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Bailiffs on Wednesday started evicting activists who have dug a 30 metre (100 foot) tunnel near London's Euston station in a bid to block construction of the H2S high-speed rail link.

Members of the HS2 rebellion group, which created the project, were seen climbing onto wooden platforms in trees at Euston Square Gardens as enforcement officers moved in to remove activists from the site, which is needed for the construction of the project according to the HS2 company.

"The HS2 company across England, at (the) cost of £1 billion (€1.13 billion/$1.37 billion) a mile, they've ripped down - to my knowledge - 116 ancient woodlands. They've destroyed it, they ripped it," said HS2 Rebellion activist Sara.

The operation to evict the activists reportedly stalled later on Wednesday.

HS2 is a high speed rail link which will connect London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Manchester and Leeds, at a cost of some £106 billion (€119 billion/$145 billion), according to estimates given in a government report in 2019, with the first stage linking London to Birmingham expected to be completed between 2028 and 2031.

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