Climate protest causes traffic chaos
A climate protest has caused chaos for commuters with traffic brought at a standstill on a busy motorway.
Extinction Rebellion protesters sealed off the Kings Way exit from the West Gate Fwy in Melbourne's CBD from about 8.45am on Tuesday.
Victorian Department of Transport spokesperson Andrew Crooks said the blockade brought traffic to a standstill for about 45 minutes.
“The protest caused a big disruption after initially blocking the ramp for about 15 minutes,” Mr Crooks said.
“We saw delays around 45 minutes for city bound traffic on the freeway.”
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Mr Crooks said police began reopening lanes shortly after 9am, with traffic “rapidly getting back to normal”.
“However, there were still a couple of lanes blocked off until about 10.30am,” he said.
The road has now been reopened to all traffic.
Extinction Rebellion are a climate-focused action group whose protest action is targeted at public disruption.
In recent years, the group have stage similar protests in Canberra, Sydney, and Adelaide.