HS2 Rebellion, an alliance of groups and individuals in the UK campaigning against the planned high-speed railway project have dug a tunnel near Euston station, in a bid to prevent their eviction from a protest camp.
The protesters claim they will stay underground ‘for as long as it takes to stop HS2’.
In September, members of HS2 Rebellion set up a Tree Protection Camp in Euston Square Gardens in central London to protest against the £106bn scheme.
They claim the tunnel is 100ft (30m) long and has taken two months to dig.
The group said lawyers for the ‘Euston Square Gardens Protection Camp’ had written to HS2 ‘advising them of the illegality of any such eviction attempt at this time’.
HS2 Rebellion claims that the planned HS2 line, due to link up London, the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland, will see 108 ancient woodlands ‘destroyed’ and ‘countless people being forced from the homes and businesses’.
HS2 Rebellion called on the Government to scrap the ‘expensive, unpopular and destructive’ scheme ‘before it is too late’ and argued for a National Citizens Assembly to ‘lead the way out of the climate and ecological emergency’.