A SPECIALIST team of eviction officers has been drafted in to boot 20 eco-warriors off the route of the £35 million Dalkeith bypass project on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
The protesters have been living in trees in Dalkeith Park in a bid to stop construction of the road.
The National Eviction Team, supported by Lothian and Borders Police, expects the operation to take two weeks and to cost around £1.4 million.
Objectors were removed from the first site on Monday and three other sites will be secured in the latest action.
A Scottish Executive spokeswoman said: 'They are being given the chance to move by themselves. If they do not then they will be moved by the eviction team.' A contractor for the scheme is due to be picked in March and work will start in August this year. Laing O'Rourke, Morgan Est and a Morrison/ Hochtief joint venture are all bidding for the job.