Just Stop Oil halt traffic on M25 affecting travel into west London

Image above: Just Stop Oil banner on the M25 during Monday’s protest

Traffic back to normal after reports of three hour tailbacks

Just Stop Oil protestors shut down sections of the M25 during rush hour on Monday (7 November), affecting travel into and out of west London.

Surrey Police said National Highways decided to shut a stretch of road between Junction 6 and 7 “for the safety of everyone” while officers attempted to remove an activist from an overhead gantry. The protester was brought down around 8.40am, roughly an hour after the force first shared an image of him on the motorway structure at Junction 6.

Surrey Police said activists were also on motorway gantries between Junctions 8 and 9, Junctions 13 and 12 southbound and Junctions 13 and 14 on Monday morning.

As of 2.30pm on Monday, 23 protestors had been apprehended and the M25 was reopened. Travel delays into west London of up to three hours were reported as a result of the protests.

Just Stop Oil, an environmental protest group calling for an to end all new oil and gas licenses, timed their protests to coincide with the international climate conference COP27.

UPDATE: On Tuesday 8 November Just Sopt Oil have disrupted traffic on sections of the M25 for the second day running

Police report environmental activists scaling gantries in Kent, Essex, Surrey and Hertfordshire.

Just Stop Oil say “approximately 15” of its supporters climbed on to overhead gantries in “multiple locations” on the UK’s busiest motorway from 7am, causing police to halt traffic.

Above: Tweet from Just Stop Oil

Government is complicit in climate breakdown, says Just Stop Oil spokesperson

As the protests began, Indigo Rumblelow, 28, a spokesperson for Just Stop Oil from London said:

“What did you expect? This Government is complicit in an illegal & unconstitutional plan to issue more licences and consents for new oil & gas — a plan that will take the world over 1.5°C resulting in the collapse of ordered society, the loss of our rights and freedoms and the deaths of millions of people.”

A new UN report has found the last eight years were the hottest ever on record, indicating the world is now deep into the climate crisis. The internationally agreed 1.5°C limit for global heating is now “barely within reach” according to the report.

The protests came after police made a number of arrests over planned protest activity along the motorway network.

The Metropolitan Police said the Just Stop Oil group’s tactics were ‘disproportionate to any legitimate right to protest and clearly crosses the line into unlawful activity’.

Under Section 78 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, introduced by the Conservative Government this year, the police have new powers to proactively suppress environmental and other types of protest.

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