Mayor of London statement on tomorrow’s planned protests in London

16 April 2019

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London - 

 

"I share the passion of all those protesting in London this week about the urgent need to tackle climate change. It’s one of the biggest challenges we face – and Governments around the world are failing to take the action we need. I’ve made tackling climate change a top priority for my administration at City Hall and have declared a ‘climate emergency’ in London.

 

"I’m also a staunch supporter of the right to peaceful protest – which is a cornerstone of our democracy. That’s why, for example, I’ve spoken out in support of the school climate strikes over recent months.

 

"However, I am extremely concerned about the plans some protestors have to disrupt the London Underground tomorrow. It is absolutely crucial to get more people using public transport, as well as walking and cycling, if we are to tackle this climate emergency - and millions of Londoners depend on the Underground network to get about their daily lives in our city. Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change, as well as risking Londoners’ safety, and I’d implore anyone considering doing so to think again.

 

"In the meantime, we are working with Transport for London, the British Transport Police, the Metropolitan Police and other emergency services to minimise any disruption for Londoners and to ensure the continued safe operation of the capital’s transport network."