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'Another unbelievable council fiasco'

South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay has hit out at the council after he was not allowed into a special meeting because it was 'full up'.


Crucial vote could determine former airport's future

Manston airport

Councillors in Thanet have voted AGAINST a plan that earmarks Manston airport site for housing and business development.


Rail service put at risk in franchise options

The Kent Messenger newspaper is calling on the Department for Transport to retain the much-valued high speed services from Maidstone West to London St Pancras.

The Kent Messenger has launched a petition to stop the potential cut to a vital rail link to London.


Most cost-effective commuter towns revealed

The table combines average rent, season ticket prices and time spent travelling

Here are the Kent towns that feature on a new league table of the most cost-effective commuter areas.


Local Plan no vote could split council

The council is to vote on the Local Plan

The long-running tussle over the future of the former Manston airport site could take a significant turn this week.


Work begins at international station

Work has begun at Ashford International Station in preparation for the new trains. Credit: Network Rail

Work has begun at a busy train station, as part of a £10 million project to make it more accessible for new international trains.


Commuters vent anger on rail companies

Southeastern - second from bottom

A survey by consumer watchdog Which? has revealed Kent's rail providers are the worst in the country for customer satisfaction.


Record port traffic proves need for 'right' Brexit deal

The Port of Dover

The boss of the largest port in Kent has signalled the need for a Brexit deal which keeps trade flowing after revealing record annual freight traffic.


Where's the cheapest fuel in Kent?

Prices at the pump are predicted to rise. Picture: Ryan McVay/Thinkstock

Filling up your car is now the most expensive it has been for years, so here is where to go for the lowest prices.


Crossrail extension 'a priority'

Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission chairman Sir John Armitt, right, is shown plans for Ebbsfleet Garden City by development corporation chief executive Ian Piper

The new chairman of a commission aimed at growing the economy of north Kent has made assessing the case to bring Crossrail to the county a priority.

'We’re paying even more for a service that’s getting worse’

Commuters say they are paying more money for a worse service. Pic: Matthew Walker

Prices for season tickets have had their steepest rise in five years.


Ambitious plan to transform harbour

David Wilcock wants Sheerness to have a harbour arm like the one at Herne Bay

Residents are joining forces in the hope of creating a protected sandy beach and a pontoon for passenger boats.


New parking charges introduced at railway stations

Southeastern has introduced parking charges at Sandwich Railway Station

Commuters face having to find an extra £700 a year to pay to park after Southeastern has introduced parking charges at more of its railway stations.


London station reopens after major work

London Bridge has been transformed by Network Rail as part of the government-sponsored Thameslink Programme. Picture: Network Rail

Trains will resume calling at London Bridge station for the first time in more than a year following a major transformation.


Train passengers hit by fare rise

Passengers will have to pay more to travel by train. Library image.

The county's rail passengers are being hit with a hike in the price of tickets from today.


Park and ride plan revealed

Park and ride is used in Canterbury and Maidstone

Controversial plans to open a park and ride for commuters and shoppers have been branded a "joke" by a town's mayor.


Tilbury2 plans move a step closer

An aerial view of the current port at Tilbury

The Port of Tilbury has formally submitted plans to expand with a new terminal on the former Tilbury Power Station site

Ambulance firm goes bust

In happier times, Meditech UK Ambulance Service co-founders Paul Bleach, left and Nigel Patton, right, who sold the company in June, flank Lloyds relationship manager Ian Jobson after securing funding in 2013

A private ambulance business has ceased trading with the loss of dozens of jobs.

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