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High winds at start of Ramsgate Regatta

High winds at the start of Ramsgate Week Credit: ITV Meridian

Sailors have been braving gale force winds to compete in races along the Kent coast.

About 50 yachts have travelled from throughout the UK and Europe to take part in Ramsgate Week.

And the wind has made it a particularly exciting course for competitors. As Abigail Bracken's been finding out...


  1. David Johns (@DavidJohns_itv)

Recovery efforts begin for stricken train

A train operator has come under fire after two carriages derailed - an hour after it was warned a herd of cows had got onto the line.

It happened at Godmersham, midway between Ashford International Station and Canterbury West, just after half past nine yesterday evening

No-one was injured and the line is likely to remain closed for several days. David Johns reports, speaking to passenger Vince Stevenson, eyewitness David Goodenough; the Managing Director of Southeastern, David Statham; and local resident Stephen Taylor.

Contraflow system unsafe way to tackle M20 chaos, say Highways Agency

Works on the coastbound carriageway in Kent were considered to help reduce congestion but it was found to present an unreasonable risk to road users

Plans to implement a temporary contraflow system on the M20 to ease Operation Stack has been discarded as unsafe for drivers.

Highways Agency have said: “We are continuing our work with the task force to urgently review what other measures could be put in place to minimise disruption to local communities and allow safe, prompt and orderly movement of freight to the Port of Dover or Channel Tunnel.”

The reasons why contraflow has been deemed unsafe for Kent motorists...

- Using freestanding cones – the quickest way to set up a contraflow - to separate lanes of traffic for a long stretch of a motorway would expose drivers to the risk of collision with oncoming traffic.

- Any incident within the contraflow would be difficult for emergency services to access and could cause severe and unpredictable delays.

- Because of the extent of the traffic management involved, a contraflow could not be easily switched on and off. This would delay the full re-opening of the motorway, or the contraflow would have to remain in place 24/7.

- Congestion would be experienced at the entry to the contraflow section and at all adjoining junctions with local roads. A contraflow would cause disruption on the London-bound M20.

- A contraflow would also reduce the flexibility of Operation Stack, reducing the space available for queuing HGVs.


Traders count the cost of low attendance at America's Cup

After months of planning and anticipation, yesterday's dreadful weather may have scuppered the sailing - but the America's Cup World Series was far from a washout - according to organisers.

Plans are already underway to bring the sailing spectacular back to Portsmouth next year - with Ben Ainslie saying that Saturday's racing in front of the home crowd was the most amazing day of his sailing career.

However, organisers are counting the cost of the event - with only HALF the expected 500,000 spectators attending. Seafront attractions, and traders who paid to be on the seafront, say they lost out. Richard Jones reports.

  1. Tom Savvides

Businesses suffer after M20 chaos

Operation Stack on the M20 may have finally been lifted but some businesses are still feeling the effects. Thousands of holidaymakers were caught up in long delays at the weekend as they headed to the continent via Folkestone and Dover. Many tourist attractions along the congested M20 and A20 had been expecting one of their busiest weekends of the year, with schools breaking up for the summer. But as Tom Savvides reports, some have been left counting the cost. He talks to Bill Lash from Leeds Castle, Liesl Smith from the Federation of Small Businesses and Natalie Chapman from the Freight Transport Association.

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