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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.


An emergency meeting is held to look at 'urgent options' to deal with Operation Stack

An emergency meeting has been taking place in Maidstone to review urgent options for dealing with Kent's traffic gridlock. A temporary parking zone for lorries at Ebbsfleet is one of the proposals which has been discussed by Government transport minister, Andrew Jones. He's been meeting with MPs, the police, highways officers and the County Council.

Caught on camera: The drivers who are NOT deliberately breaking the law

Seventy-five drivers are caught every day. They've been fined nearly four million pounds in the last five years. That's the cost to motorists of a controversial bus lane camera in Oxford.

To rub salt into the motoring wound, it is widely recognised that many drivers are NOT deliberately breaking the law. They are caught on camera largely because the signs and unclear and the road layout is confusing.

Campaigners, including business leaders, say something needs to be done to give motorists a fair chance. But the council is refusing to budge and claims the scheme prevents gridlock in the city centre. Kate Bunkall reports.


Kent in Crisis: Task force meeting held in Maidstone

Members of task force meeting arrive in Maidstone Credit: ITV News Meridian

The police, authority members, MP's, and Highways England arrive for urgent task force meeting in Maidstone to review 'urgent options' for dealing with Operation Stack.

Members of task force meeting arrive in Maidstone Credit: ITV News Meridian
Members of task force meeting arrive in Maidstone

Kent in Crisis: Could MoD land free up the M20?

British troops could join efforts to ease traffic congestion in Kent as the migrant crisis shows no sign of abating.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is understood to be in the early stages of developing plans which could involve using land owned by the department to free up space on the M20.

Police try to stop migrants at Calais Credit: PA Images

The Daily Telegraph said MoD land around Folkestone could be used as a temporary lorry parks.

The source said a decision on the plans would be "taken in due course", adding they were led by the civilian authorities rather than military.

David Cameron, who has returned to the UK after a four-day tour of south-east Asia, is in the Government's emergency Cobra committee this morning.

It is understood he will ask ministers and officials to see whether more can be done to address the situation at the port and the Channel Tunnel railhead at Coquelles.

Kent in crisis: Lorries queue up on the M20 Credit: ITV News

The meeting comes after Mr Cameron blamed the chaos at Calais on a "swarm" of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and travelling through Europe.

French security and police were again dispatched to prevent desperate migrants from gaining illegal access to the Channel Tunnel following a week of unrest in Calais.

The situation in Calais has threatened to bring the cross-Channel haulage industry to a halt, with long queues at border control points in England and France.

As the situation rumbled into a fourth night of disorder, up to a hundred migrants roared as they steamed through police lines at a petrol station near the terminal to gain access to the tunnel.

French gendarmes and riot police at first were overwhelmed by the numbers coming at them but were able to gain control of the situation.

Officers, some with their batons drawn, formed a cordon backed up by riot vans.

But they could not prevent the men, women and children, mainly from East African and Arab countries, from bringing the road out of the tunnel in Coquelles to a standstill.

They watched as three or four teenage migrants climbed over a fence but later came back when they realised they had hit a dead end.

Afterwards Eurotunnel said its French platform was unavailable due to "security reasons".

A spokesman said: "Due to overnight activity around our French terminal, timetables are disrupted from both directions."

Another night of drama in Calais has increased fears the UK's already under-pressure social services will be pushed to breaking point as the number of asylum seekers increases.

Improved facilities for rail passengers from Reading

Major changes at Paddington Credit: Network Rail

Over the next 18 months Network Rail will be making significant changes to Paddington station to provide passengers with new and improved facilities and ultimately a better travelling experience. Large numbers of commuters travel there from Reading.

The Grade 1 listed structure is currently benefitting from a renovation of its roof and an upgrade to its lighting system above the platforms.

Now Network Rail is starting a major programme of work to significantly improve the appearance of the station as a whole and provide growing numbers of passengers – 61 million forecast for this year - with a wider range of places to eat, drink and shop.

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