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Contract awarded for M20 lorry park

Highways England has today awarded a contract worth £130 million to Balfour Beatty to build a massive new lorry park near junction 11 of the M20.

It's to help stop the chaos caused by Operation Stack.

It comes ahead of a Government decision on which of two controversial options near Stanford will see the development for up to 3,600 lorries.

With more here's our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.

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Driver dies in crash on M20

Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash on the M20 in Kent.

It happened at around 10.03pm last night on the London bound carriageway between junctions 4 and 3.

It was reported that a Fiat Ducato van collided with a white DAF truck close to the junction with the M26. The van then caught fire and the driver was reported to have been unable to escape the vehicle.

The driver was declared dead at the scene.

Police are trying to establish the identity of the deceased and contact next of kin.

Angry residents pack meeting over giant lorry park for Kent

Angry residents packed a public meeting tonight to fight controversial plans for a giant lorry park off the M20 in east Kent. The idea is to avoid the chaos of Operation Stack.

Two potential sites with parking for four thousand trucks are proposed - between the villages of Stanford and Sellindge - But villagers are not happy.

Tom Savvides has a full round up of the meeting.

Plans for two lorry parks to relieve Operation Stack

For many drivers it was a summer of traffic chaos.

For 32 days, Operation Stack was in place with lorries parked up along the M20 in Kent, to cope with disruption on cross Channel routes.

Hauliers and holidaymakers were stranded and surrounding villages gridlocked with traffic.

Today Highways England finally revealed plans for two lorry parks which could see the end of Operation Stack. But work won't start at least for another 18 months.

Andrea Thomas has been finding out more.

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Weddings, births and funerals: paying the price for Operation Stack

We've heard a lot about the cost of Operation Stack to local businesses and much about the political wranglings over finding a solution. But Operation Stack's tentacles stretch far and wide. Andrea Thomas has been talking to 3 people, who've been affected by the crisis in surprising ways.

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Lorry drivers' plight in Operation Stack

At the heart the Operation Stack problems in Kent, are of course the lorry drivers and the hauliers. Some of them have endured delays of up to eighteen hours on the motorways - with their produce rotting, and their profits suffering.

David Johns reports, speaking to haulier Peter Harding and haulage expert Peter Carroll.

A night at Coquelles: 200 migrants attempt to break through fences

There are two main causes of Operation Stack at the moment. Industrial action in and around Calais. And the daily repeated attempts that are made by migrants to breach security at the Eurotunnel terminal at Coquelles near Calais.

Their tactics are growing increasingly reckless, not least because hundreds have made it across the channel in recent weeks. Nine have died in the attempt. John Ryall spent a night at Coquelles - and a day at the Calais camp that is home to some three thousand migrants.

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