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London travel chaos as protestor scales Charing Cross bridge



London travel chaos as protestor scales Charing Cross bridge

Services in and out of a major London train station have been diverted as a result of a protester on the line as it crosses Charing Cross bridge.

A Network Rail spokesman told “Trains are being disrupted while the emergency services respond to a trespasser near to the railway between Waterloo East and Charing Cross.

“This is one of the busiest parts of the network and some services are being diverted to other London stations to reduce delays and congestion.

“Southeastern customers who have been delayed by more than 15 minutes should claim Delay Repay compensation on their website.”

Network Rail said the man eventually came down at 12.20pm.

It was not immediately clear what the man was protesting about but his sign read: “Ombudsman needed homeless are cash cow gov 2 billion charities 100s millions we have no voice.”

Video journalist Matt Capon shared footage and pictures via X, commenting: “There’s a protester on the railway bridge that links London Charing Cross and Waterloo East. Police have cordoned off the road.

“Passers-by seem very nonplussed and are mostly going about their business.

“One man saw the sign and said ‘Fair enough’ before he went on his way.”

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “

“Officers were called to the railway bridge over York Road and near Waterloo underground station at around 7.33am today (24 June) following reports of a person in a precarious position.

“Officers attended and a man in his fifties was arrested on suspicion of obstruction of the railway, public nuisance, and a section 7 public order offence.”

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