Protest over for six people locked on train tracks in Christchurch

Train services were halted after anti CPTPP protesters chained themselves to the train track.
Train services were halted after anti CPTPP protesters chained themselves to the train track. Photo credit: Newshub

Six people who locked themselves to train tracks have ended their protest in Christchurch without any arrests. 

Train services were halted after anti CPTPP protesters chained themselves to the tracks at the intersection of Lincoln Rd and Moorhouse Ave.

They reached an agreement with police they would leave after being interviewed by media.

Police say there were no arrests made. 

KiwiRail says six trains on the main line were held up by the protest. 

One of the protesters is Josie Butler, who made headlines for throwing a sex toy at National MP Steven Joyce at Waitangi in 2016.

"We've done this to protest the CPTPP, which we think needs to be stopped in its tracks," Ms Butler told Newshub.

"The CPTPP is the same thing as the TPP.

"Our main concerns about this are the increase in dairying - that's our major export, so we're going to see the degradation of our waterways.

"Also of concern is climate change. You cannot address climate change without addressing trade - trade's where the carbon emissions happen."

Protesters were on the tracks at the intersection of Lincoln Rd and Moorhouse Ave for about three hours on Thursday.
Protesters were on the tracks at the intersection of Lincoln Rd and Moorhouse Ave for about three hours on Thursday. Photo credit: Newshub

Ms Butler said she's disappointed Labour and New Zealand First now support the CPTPP.

"Personally, I am quite disappointed in that, particularly considering they came to our marches and protested against it."

The group alerted train operators to the protest in advance.

Newshub.