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9 miles of delays: East tunnel at Dartford Crossing closed

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Drivers are being advised that the east (right hand) tunnel at the Dartford Crossing remains closed as one of the tunnel’s safety systems is not operating.

Engineers are on site and carrying out repairs but it is likely to take until at least 9am before the tunnel can be safely reopened.

The tunnel had been closed for routine maintenance and was due to reopen at 5am.

Northbound traffic can continue to use the west tunnel, which has a height limit of 4.8 metres (15’9’’). Southbound traffic using the QEII bridge remains unaffected.

Highways England and its contractors say they are working hard to fix the safety system and will reopen the tunnel as soon as it is safe to do so.

Drivers of tall vehicles – over 4.8 metres – will be diverted via the western section of the M25.

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys and to allow extra time.

Kent declares war on pot holes

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Drivers in Kent are being asked to report potholes as part of a 4 million pound scheme.

The county has announced a major programme of repairs starting next month, but says it can't carry out the work unless it knows where the damage is.

The council says it intends to 'fight them on the avenues, the streets and the lanes' with the warmer weather allowing a permanent first-time fix.


Eurotunnel buys electrical superhighway

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Eurotunnel has bought a company which is creating an electricity superhighway between the UK and France.

The new link will run through the Channel Tunnel, boosting the amount of electricity the two countries can share and helping to secure power supplies.

Southern trains to go to court over strike plans by drivers

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Southern trains will go to the High Court today seeking an injunction to prevent drivers walking out on strike over plans for them to close train doors.

The result of the strike ballot is also expected to be announced. It is understood a big majority have voted in favour of a strike.

Southern and Gatwick Express drivers are being balloted over the plan that would see drivers rather than guard closing doors. Southern say the move will free up guards or spend more time with passengers. The union RMT say the move would be unsafe and there have already been two strikes by guards in protest.

Southern say as some drivers already close doors the believe it is not an issue that should be subject to strike action.

The drivers Union ASLEF say they are disappointed at the move and its executive will meet early this week to decide their next move.


Man arrested after car crashes into dental surgery

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A driver has been arrested after a car careered off the road and into a dental practice.

The crash happened at around 10.30pm on Saturday night on Holborough Road in Snodland when the vehicle smashed through a wall of the Holborough Dental Surgery.

Kent Police cordoned off the building and a section of the carriageway but it has since re-opened.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Bus crashes into house injuring driver

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The driver of a bus is in hospital after his vehicle crashed into a house in Dartford.

Firefighters were called to Gore Road at 8.30pm on Saturday evening, after the collision involving a single decker bus.

Fire crews used hydraulic rescue equipment and small tools to release the driver into the passenger compartment.

He was then placed on a spinal longboard and assessed by the HEMS team and removed to hospital.

The collision also damaged two cars and a garden wall.

There were no passengers on board the bus at the time and fire crews left the scene at around 9.15pm.

The cause is being investigated

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