The Daily Telegraph

HS2 rail project wins bid to block protesters

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THE HS2 rail project has won an injunction against protesters which bars activists from “walking slowly” in front of workers’ vehicles.

The high speed line’s developers, HS2, sought the “anticipato­ry” injunction to protect constructi­on works along the first phase of the route north from London to the West Midlands.

Protesters argued at a hearing in May that an injunction would obstruct “peaceful protest against illegal treefellin­g and ‘wildlife crimes’.”

But in a ruling yesterday, Mr Justice Julian Knowles granted the injunction in the terms sought against nearly 60 named defendants as well as “persons unknown”.

The order prevents anyone from entering or remaining on HS2 land and deliberate­ly obstructin­g or interferin­g with vehicles, equipment or people accessing the land.

It also criminalis­es “slow walking in front of vehicles in the vicinity of the HS2 Land”.

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