It's one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world but it's also home to important wildlife. A study has found that the Dover Strait between England and France isn't just a gateway for business but also a vital habitat for wild and marine life. The findings of the survery will now be used to ensure that the varied nature of the area is preserved for future generations. This report from Tom Savvides includes interviews with Chris Drake from Kent County Council, landscape planner Kate Ahern and Will Wright from Kent & Essex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority.
Archaeologists are searching for clues to Dover's past in the biggest dig the town has seen in decades.Read the full story ›
Cancellations on P and O Ferries between Dover and Calais due to technical problem. The 06:40 sailing from Dover and the 09:50 sailing from Calais have been cancelled. Passengers can sail on the 07:35 sailings from Dover, and the 08:40 or 10:45 from Calais as an alternative subject to available space.
Police warn motorists Operation Stack will probably remain in place until Sunday at the earliest.Read the full story ›
Operation Stack has been re-instated on the M20 in Kent following a new wave of disruption at the Port of Dover.
Junctions eight and nine coastbound are closed due to high levels of freight traffic and problems with the Channel Tunnel.
Despite the port is operating as normal, but drivers should expect delays.
Drivers have taken to Twitter to express their frustration, with Operation Stack in place on the M20 again.
Operation stack can't be on again?! I don't have time to sit in traffic jams all the time!!
It was implemented this morning due to traffic building up towards the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.
The motorway is closed coastbound between junctions 8 and 9 to non freight traffic, with congestion building up to junction 7.
A petition to stop Operation Stack has received more than 15,000 signatures since it was launched two weeks ago.
Traffic congestion due to Operation Stack is building up as far back as junction 7 coastbound on the M20.
The motorway is closed to non freight traffic between junctions 8 and 9 coastbound.
Operation stack is being put in place on the M20 yet again due to traffic heading to the Port of Dover, according to police.
The emergency traffic measure, which sees lorries queuing on the motorway while non freight traffic is diverted, has been used several times in the last month.
Kent Police say the decision to implement it was made due to traffic building up towards the port and Eurotunnel. Coastbound traffic will be diverted at junction 8 and rejoin the M20 at junction 9.
[Dover] #OpStack on M20 J8-9 to be in place later this morning. We advise all non-freight traffic to use M2/A2 where possible to avoid delay
Kent Police is reminding lorry drivers that those at the front of the queue will get a ticket to continue their journey to the continent. Those who use the diversions for non-freight traffic in an attempt to get closer to the front, and who do not have a ticket, will be sent to the back of the Op Stack queue.
A labyrinth of forgotten Second World War tunnels built beneath the White Cliffs of Dover have revealed glimpses of wartime life. The Fan Bay Deep Shelter was carved out of chalk in just 100 days in the 1940s on Winston Churchill's orders. It was part of Dover's connected offensive and defensive gun batteries, aimed at foiling German shipping movements in the Channel.
Lying 75ft below the Kent coastline, the 3,500 sq feet of interconnecting tunnels, reinforced with iron girders and metal sheeting, accommodated four officers and up to 185 men during the war.
The shelter - personally inspected by Churchill in 1941 - was decommissioned in the 1950s before being filled in with rubble and soil and abandoned during the 1970s.
Kent Police say Operation Stack is likely to be implemented this afternoon due to a high volume of freight traffic heading to the Port of Dover and the Eurotunnel.