An Extinction Rebellion protester has climbed an 150ft crane in a protest against the High Speed 2 railway.

The activist, known as Rebel Leayn, 34, got into the HS2 compound at Euston station rail works in north London on Saturday afternoon, September 5.

Twitter account Hs2Rebellion said Rebel is “now on hunger strike at the top” of the crane and is frustrated at “the ruin” it has caused to the countryside.

Rebel also dropped a banner which reads "HS2 is corrupt" and told the Twitter account "we need to end HS2" as it is making "thousands homeless."

She said: "It’s ruining our countryside....it's 10 times more expensive per mile than high speed rail elsewhere, and it’s ruining our future by accelerating the climate & ecological Emergency when we must apply the brakes!"

Twitter account Hs2Rebellion said Rebel is 'now on hunger strike at the top'

Earlier this week, other HS2 protestors climbed trees in Parliament Square in a bid to stop the railway network.

Like Renee, they released banners from the top, which read "our Amazon", calling themselves tree protectors.

Several protestors covered the Department of Transport with fake blood and paraded a bleeding tree carcass at the Home Office & DEFRA.

Rebel dropped a banner which reads 'HS2 is corrupt'

The new railway is a follow up to HS1, which was finished in 2012 ahead of the Olympics and dubbed the "Javelin" train.

HS2 is expected to cost around £100bn to build and has sparked controversy, as it will take 20 years to complete the construction process.

Defending the line, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "HS2 is at the heart of our plans to build back better.

"As the spine of our country’s transport network, the project will be vital in boosting connectivity between our towns and cities.

Hundreds of people have flocked to the streets of London to protest against the railway

“But HS2’s transformational potential goes even further.

"By creating hundreds of apprenticeships and thousands of skilled jobs, HS2 will fire up economic growth and help to rebalance opportunity across this country for years to come."

XR activists today delayed the distribution of several national newspapers after blocking access to three printing presses/

More than 100 demonstrators targeted Newsprinters presses at Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, Knowsley in Merseyside, and near Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.

They accused the papers of failing to report on climate change, with 72 people arrested.

HS2 is expected to cost around £100bn to build and has sparked controversy

The presses print the Rupert Murdoch-owned News Corp titles including the Sun, the Times, the Sun on Sunday, the Sunday Times, and the Scottish Sun.

They also print the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, and the London Evening Standard.

The PM tweeted in response: "A free press is vital in holding the government and other powerful institutions to account on issues critical for the future of our country, including the fight against climate change.

"It is completely unacceptable to seek to limit the public’s access to news in this way."