On Monday 30th October for the first time police used section 7 of the Public Order Act 2023, which bans any act “which interferes with the use or operation of any key national infrastructure in England and Wales”, to order an immediate end to a Just Stop Oil protest taking part in a slow march in Parliament Square.
I include a map of Parliament Square below. One primary feature of it is that it is four roads arranged in a square, such that a blockage at any point can be diverted around. Another feature is that that it is in the middle of London, and is served by one of the best public transport infrastructures in the world. From the common understanding of "key infrastructure", perhaps something like "how much of the functioning of the country is interrupted by the disruption" it is hard to think of a road that is less "key" than any of the four roads that make up Parliament square.
How is "key national infrastructure" defined? Are there any hard rules one could use in choosing a road to protest on that was explicitly NOT key national infrastructure?