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TRAVEL - TRAINS: KENT - broken down train in Channel Tunnel - severe delays

Highways England have reported that a train has broken down in the Channel Tunnel. There are severe delays to travellers, and delays to freight on the M20.

It is being reported that there is a waiting time of up to six hours to the Freight Eurotunnel service at Folkestone due to the incident in the Channel tunnel. Lorry drivers are experiencing a waiting time of up to 90 minutes at Check-In and a further four-and-a-half hours on the Channel Tunnel terminal.


Former arcade to be turned into homes and shops

A major development project in Folkestone's Creative Quarter is getting underway in the next few weeks.

A former amusement arcade will be renovated to provide shops and new homes.

It's hoped the striking design will help to attract new businesses to the town.

New shops and homes will be built on the site of a former amusement arcade Credit: ITV Meridian

"The existing building is in a poor state of repair and has been badly neglected and reconfigured in the past, making it difficult to maintain and causing damage to some of the most valuable architectural features.

"The challenge has been to find a cost-effective way to preserve and restore important elements of the site's heritage whilst creating attractive spaces that are suitable for modern use."

– Project director Gabrielle Wilson, of the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust


Rail disruption continues - Dover sea wall repairs won't be finished till December

Dover's sea wall collapsed last December

Network Rail have revealed that the railway line between Dover and Folkestone which was damaged when a sea wall collapsed, will not be fully repaired until the end of the year.

The line was breached near Dover at Christmas time and it was known that the work would take some time, but today's announcement is the first confirmation that works are not expected to be complete until December. It means many more months of disruption for commuters who use rail routes in the area.

ITV Meridian correspondent Derek Johnson filed this report back in February when questions about the issue were raised.

Pair in court over Channel Tunnel walk

The pair were arrested near the crossing entrance in Folkestone in October Credit: ITV Meridian

Two young men from Iran who walked through the Channel Tunnel are due to make another appearance in court.

Payam Mirahessari and Farein Vahdani were arrested near the crossing entrance in Folkestone in October.

They are charged with obstructing the railway.

Thousands without power after Storm Katie hits South East

Engineers trying to restore power in Pycombe near Hassocks Credit: ITV

More than fifteen thousand homes in the South East are still without power after Storm Katie brought winds of more than seventy miles an hour to the region, tearing down power lines.

Dozens of flights at Gawick were cancelled, others were diverted.

In Kent, the Dartford Bridge and the Sheppey Crossing were temporarily closed, while fallen trees blocked roads and rail routes.

You can watch Abigail Bracken's report by clicking on the link below.

Unearthing secrets of Kent's Anglo-Saxon woman

She was born fifteen hundred years ago and moved to her new home at the start of the last century.

Now work has begun to find out more about the skeleton of an Anglo Saxon woman discovered in Folkestone in 1906.

It's hoped DNA and carbon testing will provide clues about how she lived and died, and about the early settlements along the South East coast. Results should come through in the next six months.

We speak to Sally Hough from Folkestone Museum and Andrew Richardson from Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

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