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Final two protesters evicted from underground HS2 camp after month-long demonstration


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The last two protesters have been evicted from an underground camp of anti-HS2 campaigners in Buckinghamshire.

Authorities have been trying to remove campaigners, who had been digging a tunnel, from the Wendover Active Resistance (WAR) camp since 10 October.

A month later, a spokeswoman for the high-speed rail link confirmed “all the protesters have now been safely removed”.

Environmentalist Swampy protests at HS2 high-speed railway construction site in Denham
Image: Environmentalist Swampy protests at a HS2 construction site in Denham, Buckinghamshire

This includes veteran activist Dan Hooper, also known as “Swampy”, and another who goes by the name of “Satchel” – who were both evicted on Saturday.

Mr Hooper was among the protesters arrested for occupying tunnels at the new HS2 terminus at London Euston.

The charges against him have now been dropped.

HS2, which has been repeatedly delayed and gone over budget, will allow passengers to travel non-stop between London and Birmingham – faster than current services.

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The WAR camp was set up on a narrow stretch of land between the A413 in Buckinghamshire and the existing Chiltern Railways line south of the village of Wendover.

It has taken a month to clear all protesters from the site
Image: It has taken a month to clear all protesters from the site

HS2 will pass over the road and railway on a low viaduct before entering a tunnel that goes west of the village – but won’t serve local residents – unlike current routes.

A spokesperson for the protesters said: “HS2 has never been mandated by the British public, and is an intensely unpopular project, not least in the Wendover area.

Inside the WAR camp in Wendover, Buckinghamshire
Image: Inside the WAR camp in Wendover, Buckinghamshire

“The horrors promised by HS2 far outweigh the few dreary hours of darkness below.”

A HS2 spokeswoman responded: “By providing a cleaner, greener way to travel, HS2 will help cut the number of cars and lorries on our roads, cut demand for domestic flights, and help the country’s push to reduce carbon emissions.

“Instead of wasting their time and public money on often violent and disruptive protest, we would urge anyone who cares about the environment to support this project.”

 Sky News

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