30 people blockaded the two entrances to the petrol station, using bits of fencing and traffic cones. As a symbol against car culture, three people locked themselves with D-locks to bicycles. Two others were locked to concrete based signs. Two large banners were displayed reading “no.1 supplier, no.1 denier, no.1 profiteer” and “closed for denying climate change”.
Police attended the scene, but were generally supportive. Passers-by and car drivers gave an overwhelmingly positive response, many honking in support.
Media attention was high. Camera teams from both Channel M and ITV Granada interviewed activists. A photo journalist from Manchester Evening News was present. The BBC asked for footage to be sent in.
After two hours, hundreds of leaflets had been given out and the blockaders voluntarily re-opened the station. No arrests were made.