Insulate Britain: Sit-down protestors block M11 junction 8 roundabout near Bishop's Stortford
Members of campaign group Insulate Britain partially blocked access onto the roundabout at junction 8 of the M11 near Bishop's Stortford on Friday morning (Sept 17).
Six men and three women holding banners sat across the road blocking the entrance to the roundabout from the B1256 Takeley road.
A delayed motorist, who had just dropped off a car at the Stansted Audi dealership at Start Hill, said that they moved into position just before 9am.
Nine or ten traffic officers from Essex Police arrived soon after. About 20 minutes into the protest they started handcuffing the campaigners and dragging them out of the way.
The motorist told the Indie: "Lots of people stuck – container lorries with fresh food, Pickfords man due to help someone move house today, folks on way to wedding up north... Ironically one of the folks held up in the queue was a man who fits insulation for a living!
"I think we might have been the only junction they blocked. The main roundabout was flowing freely."
Insulate Britain activists also blocked the M25 on Friday morning for the third time in five days – many of them just hours after being released by police.
A total of 89 campaigners were released from custody centres across the South East on Thursday morning and returned to Britain's busiest motorway on Friday morning.
They blocked roundabouts and junctions on the London orbital motorway, leading to long delays for motorists. They sat in the road with banners and poured paint on the road, leading to further disruption.
Insulate Britain is a campaign group that is calling on the UK Government to put in place policy and funding for a national home insulation programme starting with all social housing.
It says actions will continue until the Government makes a meaningful commitment to insulate all of Britain’s 29 million leaky homes – which are among the oldest and most energy-inefficient in Europe – by 2030.