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The floods of Folkestone - twenty years on

The floods that swept through the centre of Folkestone twenty years ago, left devastation in their wake. Since then the Environment Agency has put in place a number of flood prevention measures to protect properties. A series of events is taking place this weekend to inform people living near streams and rivers of what action they can take when water levels rise. Tom Savvides has been speaking to shopkeeper Mary Constantine and Ian Nunn from the Environment Agency.


TRAVEL - TRAINS: KENT Channel Tunnel now clear - after broken down train removed

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.

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