Kent transport

Southeastern hits with £23.5m fine over ‘serious’ breach of contract

A Kent rail operator has been issued a £23.5m fine over a serious breach of contract. Southeastern was found to have concealed over £25m of historic taxpayer funding relating to HS1. The Department of Transport say the money received between October 2014 and March 2020 should have been returned to the taxpayer. This fine comes […]

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Competition to re-imagine Cork City sees winning entry give Kent Station a dramatic make-over

Cork’s main train station could become a 21st century, green ‘multi-modal travel hub’ with high-speed railway, water buses and Vertical Take-Off and Landing pads for flying cars, under a bold proposal from leading international engineers. Arup Engineering, the global architecture firm behind some of the world’s biggest and most high-profile projects (including the £18.7 billion […]

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Electricity pylons to be refurbished in UK after 100 years

Electricity pylons in the UK are set to undergo an overhaul for the first time in almost 100 years after the first 36 were wired to a new design. Old-style pylons were first designed in 1927 in the recognizable A-frame style. Now, a new Danish design will be rolled out in England and Wales where […]

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The latest Covid rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

It’s easy to see why confusion exists around the current COVID-19 rules in the UK. For one, some medical practices are still only offering online appointments to patients, citing COVID-19 caution. On the other hand, some local businesses such as retail outlets are adorned with signs asking customers to wear masks. This goes against guidelines […]

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Drink-driving deaths hit five-year low in 2020

Deaths involving drunk drivers hit their lowest level in five years in 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic kept many people off the roads. But the total number of fatal crashes fell at an even faster rate, meaning those caused by people driving over the limit accounted for the highest proportion of fatalities in a decade. […]

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Aldi shopper’s suitcase shopping hack bags TikTok fame

A woman packing groceries in a suitcase has had over 376,000 views on TikTok. Lydia uses the eco-friendly method to carry her necessities to the supermarket each time she visits Aldi and it also saves her 15p per bag, as the Daily Star reports. The music video of her checkout hack that she posted on […]

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Prince Charles meets the winners of the children’s stamp design competition

The Prince of Wales expressed his appreciation for the act of sending letters as he met the winners of a children’s competition for new stamp designs based on pandemic heroes. The eight winning designs, chosen from over 600,000 entries, feature NHS workers, a scientist, a delivery driver and Captain Sir Tom Moore. Charles welcomed the […]

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UK to build 150 new ships under £4bn deal, government says

A £4billion injection into UK regional shipbuilding will create tens of thousands of jobs and provide more than 150 new naval and civilian ships over the next 30 years, the government has said. The investment, which will be announced by the Prime Minister during a visit to a Merseyside shipyard on Thursday, will “boost” shipyards […]

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Adults only hotel looks extremely rude from the air

People got stitches after satellite images showed a hotel with a rather phallic shape. The Scarlet Hotel describes itself as an “ecological sanctuary on the rugged Cornish cliffs, adults only” and from the ground up looks like a normal hotel. The venue is set against a bay at Mawgan Porth, near Newquay, Cornwall, with a […]

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Public health expert calls for action against junk food advertising loophole

Research into the way junk food is advertised in bus shelters has revealed a major flaw, which a public health expert from the University of Teesside says needs to be fixed. The research team from the Universities of Teesside and Liverpool and Fuse (Centre for Translational Research in Public Health) looked at advertisements for food […]

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Sevenoaks mechanic saves orphans in Ukraine

The eyes of the world have been on the news since Russia invaded Ukraine. Russia launched a full-scale attack on its neighboring country on February 24, with shocking images of airstrikes and explosions following the assault. Men between the ages of 18 and 60 have been banned from leaving the country and told to protect […]

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‘Significant’ delays in arranging school transport for children with special needs in Kent will be investigated

An independent inquiry into major delays in providing transport to and from school for children with special needs in Kent is likely to take place. Kent County Council says a ‘thorough’ and ‘transparent’ review must take place. It comes after hundreds of pupils with special needs were left behind last month due to a delayed […]

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Shirley Hughes, beloved children’s author, dies aged 94

Children’s author and illustrator Shirley Hughes has died aged 94, her family has announced. Hughes, best known for her much-loved books in the Alfie series, about a boy called Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose – as well as the children’s picture book Dogger, died ‘peacefully at home after a short illness on Friday […]

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Port of Dover: UK passes law banning Russian ships from ports

The UK has become the first country to pass a law banning ships with “any connection to Russia” from entering its ports, according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. He made the announcement after raising concerns about a Russian tanker due to dock in Orkney on Tuesday. Mr Shapps wrote on Twitter: “To the Foreign Office […]

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Ukraine applies for EU membership after negotiations with Russia

The first round of talks with Russia on ending the fighting in Ukraine has ended, and further talks could take place soon, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said. In the meantime, the president has signed an application for his country to join the European Union, with the aim of consolidating his country’s […]

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Kent’s 220 wards ranked most to least infected as England’s COVID restrictions end

Yesterday (February 24) marked the end of COVID restrictions in England. Exactly 23 months after Britain entered its first COVID lockdown on March 24, 2020, all mandatory self-isolation rules have been scrapped. Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced the news to the public, with only minor COVID adjustments remaining in place. READ MORE: 7 rules […]

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What happened to Toys ‘R’ Us? Why the retail giant failed

Toys ‘R’ Us crashed into the UK market in the 1980s, building a series of toy warehouses across the country and quickly became THE name in toy sales for the country. The company was originally an American retailer of toys, clothing and baby products founded in 1957. Its first store was built in April 1948, […]

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Architect suspended after brandishing handgun online with salesman

An architect has been suspended from the profession after brandishing a fake gun and threatening to shoot a door-to-door salesman. Martin Belt confronted the energy company representative with a realistic handgun and threatened to shoot him if he returned to his property. The salesman had no idea the gun was disabled and was so scared […]

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Who to turn to if you have money worries

It seems like hardly a day goes by without another headline on the cost of living rising. UK inflation today is reported to have hit a 30-year high, hitting 5.5% in January – the highest levels since March 1992, when it hit 7.1%. Soaring energy bills have already been highlighted and, according to the Office […]

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Families in financial difficulty to be offered free holidays by the government

Families struggling financially, or facing illness, isolation or bereavement, will have the opportunity to take a weekend break thanks to a new government fund. More than 800 family holidays and trips over the next few months will be funded by the £600,000 ‘England for All’ fund. The fund will help parents, carers and young people […]

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The county will have speed cameras that also catch jumpers at red lights

Cameras capable of catching motorists speeding or crossing a red light are installed at two locations in Lancashire. The infrared cameras will be installed at locations controlled by traffic lights – the A59 county road in Ormskirk and the point where the main road meets Hayfield Road, LancsLive reports. Lancashire County Council has already said […]

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Protests against the cost of living planned across the country

A wave of protests will take place on Saturday to highlight the impact of the cost of living crisis on workers and their families. The People’s Assembly has coordinated hundreds of local and regional protests, supported by unions, with people planning to take to the streets across the country. Laura Pidcock, National Secretary of the […]

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Historic £2million Grade II listed watermill for sale

A ‘unique and historic’ Grade II listed former watermill has been listed on Rightmove. The ‘meticulously renovated’ Solihull property is on the market for a whopping £2,000,000. Property firm EB&P Knowle is handling the sale, Birmingham Live reports. Its main features include: Meticulously refurbished Grade II listed watermill Set in approximately 7 acres of formal […]

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Boris Johnson’s reshuffle dubbed ‘heshuffle’ as loyal MPs promoted

Boris Johnson has carried out a hasty mini reshuffle as he continues to resist calls to apologize for his controversial attack on Sir Keir Starmer over Jimmy Savile. The Prime Minister gave some men – and a few women – promotions in what was quickly dubbed a “heshuffle” of loyalists. It was triggered after Cabinet […]

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Furniture and appliances contribute to retail sales recovery in January

Retail sales rebounded last month as shoppers spent more on furniture and household items, new figures show. BRC-KPMG’s latest retail sales monitor for January revealed that total sales jumped 11.9% from the same month last year, although this was bolstered by significant price inflation. Stores saw customers return after a December crippled by Plan B […]

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The mega mansion could become Britain’s biggest new home

A plot with planning permission to create Britain’s biggest new home has been put on the market for £20m – but could be worth over £100m once built. The extravagant 68,000-foot mega mansion, St John’s House, will feature more than 80 bedrooms and the floor space equivalent to more than 60 average family homes. It […]

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Launch of a competition to find the new “railway house”

A competition has been launched to find the new “railway homeland”. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said Great British Railways (GBR) headquarters could be built “anywhere in the country” outside London. Local authorities, MPs and business groups representing cities across Britain are encouraged to bid to host the new public sector body. Mr Shapps urged […]

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MP slams new ‘bonkers’ road traffic guidelines for cyclists

Changes to the Highway Code designed to boost protection for cyclists have been branded “bonkers” in the UK Parliament. Former Tory minister Sir Desmond Swayne has argued against new advice for cyclists to ride in the center of lanes on quieter roads, in slower traffic and when approaching junctions, to make themselves as visible as […]

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Construction of the Dover Fastrack bus service will begin this month

Construction work on the Dover Fastrack bus service is due to start this month. On Wednesday February 2, it was announced that Kent County Council had awarded the construction contract to Colas UK Projects Ltd, meaning construction can now begin. Plans will link Whitfield to Dover town center and Dover Priory station and include a […]

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A B-52 bomber makes a road trip in the United States to the chagrin of motorists

Giant B-52 bombers are sometimes deployed over British airspace, but one was recently spotted on US roads. The planes, sometimes deployed at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, are hard to ignore as they fly overhead due to their size and the incredible noise they make. And they were just as hard to ignore for American motorists […]

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Prince Charles makes a special request of Jools Holland during his visit to Kent

The Prince of Wales requested a Jools Holland song when he visited a community radio station with the Duchess of Cornwall. Sheppey FM presenters in Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, had been researching some of Charles’ favorite songs ahead of the couple’s visit. The tracks played during the 46-minute royal tour were an eclectic mix, including […]

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10 Ramsgate pubs we’ve loved and lost over the years

Having already detailed 10 pubs each from Dover and Folkestone that have left our shores, now it’s Ramsgate’s turn to reminisce about some of our favorite spirits of the past. Like the previous two selections, the large number of lost, but not necessarily forgotten, pubs meant that narrowing it down to 10 proved tricky. Many […]

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Restoration work on Rochester’s ‘architectural gem’, Chatham House, is underway

A historic Rochester landmark is currently being renovated to restore the Grade II* listed Georgian mansion. Chatham House is on the corner of Hulkes Lane and, thanks to government funding, is currently undergoing a transformation. In 2020, Medway Council received £1.6 million in government funding to revitalize a substantial part of Chatham and Rochester. Read […]

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Lord Rogers, architect of the Millennium Dome, has died aged 88

Lord Rogers, who also designed the Center Pompidou in Paris and the Lloyd’s building in London, “passed away quietly” on Saturday evening, Matthew Freud of Freud Communications told the PA news agency. Richard Rogers was born in 1933 to an Anglo-Italian family in Florence, Italy, and moved to England at a young age, where he […]