British Transport Police

Tube wi-fi switched off to deter protesters

London underground
BBC

Police have ordered Transport for London (TfL) to switch off wi-fi at Tube stations in an attempt to disrupt protesters threatening to "shut down London".

Extinction Rebellion protesters have been blocking traffic at Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus since Monday.

Supt Matt Allingham said extra officers would be on duty throughout the day, adding: "We will not tolerate any activity which disrupts the millions of passengers who rely on using the rail network in London.

"British Transport Police has taken the decision to restrict passenger Wi-Fi connectivity at Tube stations. This follows intelligence that Extinction Rebellion protesters intend to cause disruption to Tube services."

A TfL spokesperson said: “We’re working closely with the police to manage the impact of disruption to London’s transport network."