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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Kent County Council plans to enforce traffic offenses on the move in towns such as Ashford, Dartford, Gravesend and Maidstone

Ashford, Dartford, Gravesend and Maidstone are among the first towns in Kent to see council cameras used to catch drivers for so-called ‘traffic offences’. Kent County Council is asking the Department for Transport for new powers which means the authority could fine motorists, up to £70, for ignoring any entry signs, stopping in yellow boxes […]

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Ukrainian children treated for cancer in England

Twenty-one children from Ukraine will receive life-saving cancer treatment in England after being brought in by the government with support from Polish authorities and clinicians. The children and their immediate family members arrived in England this evening (Sunday) from Poland and will be triaged by NHS clinicians to understand their health needs before being sent […]

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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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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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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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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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Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge cyclist and driver crashes revealed by Kent Police

A library photo (above) of cyclists who have no connection to the crashes or this article, but are simply cycling in London. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) There were 58 accidents involving cyclists and drivers in Tonbridge and Malling reported to police, and 55 in Tunbridge Wells, over a three-year period. Tonbridge and Malling and […]

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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 […]