Four London bridges forced to close by XR activists forming human barrier

Traffic has been brought to a standstill around four of London’s busiest bridges after Extinction Rebellion activists formed human barricades at their entrances.

Eco protesters lined the roads outside Blackfriars, Westminster, Waterloo and Lambeth bridges ahead of the Friday afternoon rush hour.

AA’s live traffic feed showed severe delays around Blackfriars, Westminster and Lambeth, where the bridge feeds a busy hospital.

The A301 over Waterloo Bridge was said to be blocked southbound, although traffic was initially coping.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘We are aware of a number of demonstrations happening today.

‘We are seeing pockets of protest which are causing delays and disruption across central London.

‘A policing operation is in place and officers are on scene and working to manage the impact.’

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