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Road protesters target contractors and banks

ANTI-ROAD PROTESTERS are planning a wave of raids on the headquarters of construction firms that win bids to construct 'environmentally damaging' road schemes, NCE can reveal.

Direct Action road protest groups told a meeting of environmentalists in Birmingham this week that they would also target banks providing finance for DBFO schemes in a bid to stop new roads.

Protesters said they had developed a new strategy because high profile on-site direct action at the Newbury bypass and the M3 extension at Twyford Down had failed to stop construction.

A source told NCE: 'The Direct Action people at the meeting talked about the need to do some hits on various banks and construction firms. This would involve blockading HQs or even occupying premises.'

It is thought that the new direct action could affect the two consortia bidding for the £400M Birmingham Northern Relief Road.

One is made up of Carillion, Alfred McAlpine, Balfour Beatty and Amec. Members of the other are Costain, Skanska, Mowlem and Bouygues.

'The appointment of a BNRR consortium could trigger the protests, ' said a source.

Mounting fears over an increased programme of road schemes are also likely to spur the anti-roads group Alarm UK to re-form, the meeting heard.

Ex-Alarm UK chairman John Stewart said: 'If schemes such as the Salisbury and Hereford bypasses get the go ahead, that would almost certainly trigger a new network of protest movement.'

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