Three activists have descended on to UK’s busiest airport and chained themselves to a vehicle causing travel chaos and misery for holiday-makers eager to catch their flights.
From the group Rising Up!, the trio have forced traffic to grind to a halt after they staged a demo at the in-bound tunnel leading to Terminals 2 and 3.
The group used three cars to block the tunnel, attaching themselves to one.
The Met police confirmed two people have now been arrested for obstructing a highway.
Three activists have descended on to UK’s busiest airport
Photos show a person lying on the floor – with a pillow – next to a blue VW with a sign draped across it saying 'No New Runways'.
A Heathrow spokesman said: "Heathrow airport can confirm that a protest activity is on-going.
"Heathrow supports the right to peaceful protest within the law, but the safety and security of our passengers, aircraft and colleagues together with the smooth running of the operation is paramount.
@HeathrowAirport – stuck on Spur road & only moving a few meters every few mins. Any update on clearing the idiots or we will miss flights?
— Chris Ash (@chrisash76) February 21, 2017
This blockade is our contribution to the consultation
"Contraflow traffic measures are in place and we are working closely with the authorities to resolve the issue, but advise passengers to allow more time to drive into Terminals 2 and 3."
One of those involved in the direct action said the plans to expand the airport with a third runway were “illegitimate and undemocratic".
Simon Bramwell said: "This blockade is our contribution to the consultation: a third runway is a disastrous option that will lead to climate chaos.
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"I look upon my niece and nephew, upon the children who will inherit the future we are creating right now and my conscience tells me to act.
"I am breaking conditions imposed on me by the courts, following road blockades in November but the Government is not listening to the science or to our concerns.
“They have left us with no alternative but to keep taking action.
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"We will not stop until plans to build another runway are fully and finally shut down."
A spokesman for Back Heathrow, a group supporting the expansion, said: “The actions of these protestors are selfish, short-sighted and counter-productive.
“Most local communities living near Heathrow support expansion and passengers simply want to be able to use the airport in peace.
“This pointless protest will merely aggravate thousands of ordinary people, many of whom simply want to get to work or catch a flight.”
Irate passengers facing the possibility of missing their flights due to the ongoing incident have taken to social media to vent their frustration.
Ivor Biggun tweeted: “Where are the police, people are going to miss their flights. This isn’t good enough.”
Police officers are confirmed to be on the scene
Max Percy wrote: “Going to miss my flight – please get them out the way!”
On twitter Heathrow confirmed there was heavy traffic in the area as a result, tweeting: "Sincere apologies for the disruption to your journey. Our Surface Access team is working around the clock to resolve this.
“We advise all passengers travelling today to contact their airline to update them prior to passengers' arrival at the airport.”
Heathrow confirmed there was heavy traffic in the area as a result
CCTV from motorway cameras show a solid queue of cars waiting behind the protestors.
A statement from the Met Police confirmed they were called to the scene just before 8.30am on Tuesday morning.
It said: “Officers attended the inbound tunnel and found three cars blocking the tunnel, with three protestors locked to one of them.
@HeathrowAirport any advice if someone misses a flight due to the protest blocking the tunnel?
— kelly l (@skellywheeze) February 21, 2017
“The drivers of two of the vehicles have been arrested for obstructing a highway.
“Heathrow officers are working with Heathrow Airport staff to remove the people locked to the third car.
“Motorists are advised possible delays to their journey as this incident is dealt with.”
More to follow . . .