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VIDEO: Two men ride pony trap on wrong side of road

Two men have been seen riding a pony trap on the wrong side of the carriageway on Rheims Way in Canterbury.

Police approached them, but the pair failed to stop.

The men travelled on a pedestrian pathway into a residential estate making abusive gestures.

Officers are attempting to trace the men as they would like to speak to them in connection with possible furious riding and public order offences.

Train delays continue after derailment

The derailment happened on Monday

Thousands of rail passengers are still facing delays at Waterloo because of the derailment earlier this week.

Fifteen minute delays can be expected for the rest of the day as one extra platform remains closed for repairs.

Work to repair damaged track continues.

Meanwhile the investigation into why a passenger train collided with an engineering train continues.

A34 reopens southbound after earlier lorry fire

The A34 in Hampshire has reopened southbound between the A303 Bullington and the M3 near Winchester after an earlier lorry fire.

The fire has been extinguished and fire crews have left the scene.

A34 closed southbound from A303 - diversions in place

The A34 in Hampshire is currently closed southbound between the A303 Bullington and the M3 near Winchester due to a lorry fire.

The fire has been extinguished and fire crews have left the scene.

The road remains closed to allow recovery and to assess the carriageway.

A diversion is in place and drivers should follow the solid triangle symbol.

Motorists should use the A303 east for approximately six miles and join the M3 at junction 8, travel eastbound to junction 7 and go around the roundabout using the fourth exit to re-join the M3 southbound.

Continue along the M3 south to junction 9 for Winchester to complete the diversion.

Drivers are advised to allow extra time for their journey and use alternative routes if possible.


Derailed train removed from London Waterloo

A train that derailed at London Waterloo station has been removed from its position.

It's hoped now the carriage is cleared, delays will start to ease.

"The derailed train at London Waterloo has now been removed and repairs to the track were completed overnight, following yesterday's partial derailment.

"Two of the three platforms have now re-opened and we are expecting to operate virtually all of the planned services today. However, passengers are advised that there may still be delays whilst we work to re-open the third platform."

– Network Rail

Second day of delays following derailment at Waterloo

Train services are returning to normal after the derailment yesterday but some delays can be expected all day.

The train has now been moved and one platform remains closed while the track is repaired.

South West Trains say it's advice not to travel has now been lifted but say there will still be delays.

The company has issued the following apology...

I am very sorry for the disruption that you faced whilst travelling on our network (today/yesterday). A low speed derailment of a passenger train leaving platform 11 at London Waterloo on Tuesday 15 August meant that South West Trains services were disrupted throughout the day.

Until the issue was resolved, trains were unable to use platforms 1 to 13 at Waterloo, with platforms 1 – 10 not able to be used due to the ongoing Waterloo Upgrade work.

Engineers worked to “re-rail” the train, however this was discovered to be more complicated than initially anticipated and took longer to complete than expected. Engineers also carried out inspection of the track and repaired any damage found caused by the incident.

– Christian Neill, Head of Customer Experience, South West Trains

Rail passengers angry over new fares increase

"It's time to renationalise the railways" - that's the call from trade unions as the Government announced a 3.6 % increase in fares, causing fury among passengers.

They say the rise once again outstrips average wage increases - with the cost of a season ticket already representing two to three months' salary for many commuters.

From Ashford International fares will go up by £188. From Ramsgate it will go up by £191 to more than £5,500. And from Gravesend commuters will see a rise of £120.

It's the biggest annual rise for five years as John Ryall reports.

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