Protesters try to stop construction work on HS2 sites

Grant Prior 4 years ago
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Protesters tried to block HS2 construction sites on Monday morning in a series of co-ordinated demonstrations.

A group called HS2 Rebellion staged site blockades along the route including Euston Station where a Costain/Skanska joint venture is working.

HS2 Rebellion posted a series of videos on Twitter including this one at Euston showing deliveries being stopped.

Protesters said they were complying with social distancing recommendations during the demonstrations.

HS2 boss Mark Thurston told a Transport Select Committee hearing last week that protesters have been putting workers at risk because they were breaching social distancing guidelines.

He said: “We’ve seen action by protesters that is anything but complying with the social distancing guidelines that the Government has advised.

“They’ve put our operatives at risk. We’ve had to engage security organisations to protect our sites and protect our operatives.

“In a number of instances the police have even been called, which frankly is not a great use of the police at this time.”

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