Hurendra Bhatt, who has run a kiosk outside Highbury & Islington underground for the past 20 years, is being screwed by Network Rail, which wants to turf him out and redevelop the site. The crêperie, coffee and flower kiosks are also affected.

Network Rail took no notice of a petition with 2,700 signatures. Neither did it acknowledge the protest held outside Network Rail's HQ with local MP Emily Thornberry and the council leader in attendance.

For its part Network Rail says that it has terminated the leases of vendors, who are paying "significantly under market value for these sites". (A rent assessor whom Hurendra consulted said the rent he was paying was fair.)

The tenants are invited to take part in the tendering process, but as Hurendra says: "Network Rail wants to railroad this through. I built up the goodwill for this business. Why should I let it go? It's not morally right in the present financial situation."

The tenants have until the end of this month to vacate.