00:38 GMT08 March 2021
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    High Speed 2 (HS2) is a proposed railway linking London to Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester, with two phases of its construction to be completed by 2026 and 2033. The system is meant to "heal the north-south" economic divide in Britain.

    Several activists protesting against a high-speed rail link have been evicted from a park in London but a hardcore are believed to be holding out in tunnels which they dug underground.

    The demonstrators, calling themselves HS2 Rebellion, had occupied Euston Square Gardens, close to the capital’s Euston station for weeks.

    ​On Wednesday 27 January bailiffs from the National Eviction Team, hired by HS2, entered the camp under cover of darkness to evict them.

    But a small group are believed to have constructed a 30-metre long tunnel and have “prepared for a lengthy siege."

    HS2 Rebellion says the £88 billion railway linking London to the Midlands and the north of England is an “expensive, unpopular and destructive'' project which undermines government policies aiming to tackle climate change.

    ​Blue Sanford, 18, one of the protesters, told AP: “I'm in this tunnel because they are irresponsibly putting my life at risk from the climate and ecological emergency.”

    Construction of the tunnel began in September.

    ​HS2 Rebellion say the railway lead to the destruction of 108 ancient woodlands but the company says only 43 ancient woodlands are affected.

    HS2, the company which is building the tunnel, said: “Safety is our first priority when taking possession of land and removing illegal encampments.”

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