Travel chaos as Extinction Rebellion protesters BLOCK M25 and clash with drivers

EXTINCTION Rebellion protesters sparked travel chaos during rush hour this morning as they blocked the M25.

Eco activists from XR offshoot Insulate Britain plonked themselves in the middle of the motorway, causing mega tailbacks.

They also targeted drivers heading to the 117-mile road at Junctions 3, 6, 14, 20 and 31 – bringing commuters to a standstill.

Some 20 sat on a road in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, holding banners with 'Insulate Britain' in bold white letters.

One woman raised a placard reading "sorry to stop you", but things turned violent when furious motorists tried to drag protesters away.

The group wants the Government to "make significant legislative change to start lowering emissions".

A spokesperson said they were taking action today to demand Boris Johnson create hundreds of thousands of jobs and save lives.

Liam Norton, 36, an electrician from London said: "Since waking up to the crisis we are all in, due to the catastrophic breakdown in our climate, I have been shocked at the lack of significant action from our government. 

"They need to face up to reality. It will destroy our economy and the fabric of our society.

"They are being incredibly reckless. They are betting the farm on technologies that don't exist.

​"As soon as a statement is made that we can trust and is meaningful we will get off the roads."

Steve Gower, 54, unemployed, currently living in fuel poverty in Gloucester said: "Man up Johnson and get on with it."

Essex Police said 12 were arrested in connection with the road blockage at Junction 31 for Lakeside.

Chief Inspector Paul Austin added: "This incident caused significant disruption and our officers worked to resolve it as quickly and safely as possible.

"I want to thank the drivers affected for their patience and understanding."

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said: "A number of people have been arrested following protests at J6 +14 M25 8am today.

"Protesters from Insulate Britain part of a coordinated protest also affected other m/way junctions.

"Diversions set up+working hard to reopen m/way but please plan journeys accordingly this morning."


Kent Police tweeted: "Motorists attempting to join the M25 from Swanley, at Junction 3, may encounter delays due to an obstruction caused by a group of people.

"Our officers are at the scene and engaging with those involved. Traffic is moving and being diverted to join the M25 at Junction 4."

A National Highways spokesperson warned there was congestion on the roundabout at Junction 3, while the clockwise exit slip at Junction 14 is closed.

The northbound exit slip at Junction 31 is also closed, as is the exit slip to Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 at Junction 14.

Officials advised drivers to find alternative routes.

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