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Brand Hatch closures

Drivers are being advised to avoid the roads around Brand Hatch racing circuit in Kent as closures come into affect due to the Paralympics. Athletes start using the venue for training from today, which is why the closures have come into affect two days before the start of competition.

  • A20 at Gorse Hill: from south of Eglantine Road to south of Brands Hatch entrance will be closed except for access.

  • Scratchers Lane, Fawkham: from its junction with A20 London Road throughout its entire length to its junction with Fawkham Road will be closed with restricted access.

  • Part of Fawkham Road, West Kingsdown: between Scratchers Lane and a rear entrance to Brands Hatch will be closed with restricted access.

Passengers warned about busy train services

Passengers are being warned that services will be busier this week with the end of summer holidays coinciding with the Paralympic Games.

High speed services will be most affected with the Javelin® service conveying Paralympic spectators to the Olympic Park

Metro and mainline services will also be busier than usual with spectators travelling to Paralympic venues and live sites in and around London.

A Southeastern spokesman said: “With many schools and commuters returning from summer holidays our services will be much busier than normal.

We’re running extra trains and longer trains where we can, but at the busiest times there may be occasions when customers may need to queue before boarding a train.

We advise passengers to adjust journeys wherever possible to avoid the busiest periods and allow extra time to travel.”


Poole Table tennis player wins Paralympic silver

Will Bayley in action Credit: PA

Paralympics GB's Will Bayley has won silver in the Men's Singles table tennis - Class 7.

The 24-year-old from Poole in Dorset lost to 47-year-old Jochen Wollmert from Germany at the ExCel in London by three games to one.

Whilst recovering from cancer aged seven, Will discovered he could play a good game of Table Tennis.

Thanks to his Grandma, who bought him his first table, Will continued to progress in the sport.

At the age of 12 he joined Byng Hall Table Tennis Club in Tunbridge Wells where he continued to improve before moving on to represent Kent men’s team of non-disabled players.

Will was born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that affected all four of his limbs.**

Kent judo star still has a shot at bronze

Joe Ingram (second left) Credit: PA

Kent's Joe Ingram is still in with a chance of clinching Paralympic bronze later this evening in spite of losing his under 100 kilogram quarter final to Gwang-Geun Choi of Korea.

Joe is following in the footsteps of his brother Sam who represented the Britsih Judo team in Beijing and came away with a bronze.


Southampton's Helena competing in Paralympics sailing event today

Helena Lucas from Southampton, ParalympicsGB team member Credit: ParalympicsGB

Ad the Paralympics Games enter their first weekend it is hoped that team Paralympics GB will increase its medals tally.

The sailing events at Weymouth and Portland begin today with athletes working hard to master the waters off the Dorset coast. Helena Lucas from Southampton will compete in the 2.4mR class - in a single handed small keelboat. She wants to improve on her 7th place finish at the Beijing Games.

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