Dozens of environmental activists lay down on the tarmac exterior the transport hub on Sunday afternoon amid excessive police presence, blocking two lanes.
Part of Bath Road, above Tunnel Road roundabout, was closed as they assembled a full-size pink tractor with a “bulldozer” shovel on the front, strewn with newspaper headlines on air air pollution.
Protesters descended on the airport earlier en masse, biking in convoy down the M4 with a makeshift “bulldozer” tricycle, halting a number of lanes of visitors.
They are protesting plans to construct a 3rd runway at Heathrow subsequent 12 months, forming half of XR’s 12 Days of Crisis marketing campaign pressuring social gathering leaders earlier than the nation goes to the polls.
Posting a video of the activists biking down the arterial street, Extinction Rebellion London tweeted: “We made an precise cycle superhighway on M4 to convey @BorisJohnson a message: Keep your phrase – scrap Heathrow growth. For the folks of Uxbridge, for all times.”
Earlier they set off from Hyde Park nook at 10.30am, planning to dam the Cromwell Road junction in Earls Court at 11am, Hammersmith at 11.30am, Gunnersbury roundabout below the M4 flyover at 12 midday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and different politicians had been invited to the “lie in”, which XR mentioned was designed to “act out the future destruction” of a 3rd Heathrow runway.
The controversial runway, given the inexperienced gentle final 12 months, has confronted repeated criticism by environmental campaigners and MPs, amid concern over monetary and environmental points.
A Heathrow spokesperson mentioned: “We respect the correct to peaceable protest and agree with the necessity to act on local weather change, however we don’t agree with any exercise which impacts the operation of the airport.
“We are working intently with the authorities to make sure no affect is skilled.”
The Met Police has been approached for remark.