Environmental protesters have occupied Euston Square Gardens digging tunnels to utilise Britain’s arduous health and safety legislation, in an effort to make the eviction process increasingly complex, therefore prolonging the protest and level of media exposure. The HS2 project is known to have planned and already carried out irreversible damage to ancient woodland’s, places of scientific interest and areas of natural beauty, to construct a network that only a slim margin of British society will be able to afford to use. Doubts have been cast over whether the company hired to facilitate the eviction, the National Eviction Team (NET), have the skills to carry out such a highly specialised form of eviction, removing protestors from self made underground tunnels.
Currently heavy machinery including construction equipment have been moved into Euston Square Gardens that could compromise the structure of the tunnels, so the protest looks like it will continue for some time or end in tragedy. Either way this is one of the most significant stands against HS2 and making martyrs for the cause, or allowing the protests to continue, will only cause support to grow for those opposing HS2. HS2 will cost everyone in the country monetarily and environmentally, while benefitting few, it should be radically rethought or scrapped as soon as possible.