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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 7 June 2016

Live Reporting

By Claire Cottingham

All times stated are UK

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Claire Cottingham

That's it from our live reporting page today, thank you for joining us throughout this busy morning.

I'll be back tomorrow at 06:00 BST with more from Kent Local Live. 

Have a fantastic day. 

Passengers upset by lack of information

Passengers at Tunbridge Wells station have told us about their upset at the lack of information during this morning's disruption.

Passengers speak about rail disruption in Tunbridge Wells

#OnThisDay

Claire Cottingham

A family's campaign after the death of their daughter, migrants in Calais and drug raids. Here's today's #OnThisDay

On This Day

UPDATE: Cancellations to Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells services

Network Rail have told us cancellations will now continue until 13:00 BST.

Train services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed or suspended between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. Disruption is expected until 13:00 BST today"

Beach trip organisers thank RNLI

The 34 pupils rescued from a Kent beach were on a half term trip organised by the Ahavat Yisreal Community Centre in Stamford Hill, north London. 

The community centre has released this statement thanking the RNLI:

We are hugely grateful to the coastguard whose swift actions ensured that everyone was returned to the shore safe and well. A full internal investigation will be held to ascertain the facts and understand the lessons to be learned"

First images of pupil rescue

Here are the first dramatic helicopter images of the rescue of 34 teenagers trapped on a beach near Dover.

Rescue of 34 trapped pupils on a beach near Dover

Passenger 'missed heart scan'

BBC South East Today's political editor Helen Catt spoke to passengers outside of Tunbridge Wells station. Here's what she was told:

Tunbridge Wells trains

Network rail: 'An apology'

Network Rail has apologised for the "dreadful journey to work" suffered by commuters this morning. Watch their words below.

Commuters in Tunbridge Wells

Where the boys were rescued

The 34 pupils were rescued by the RNLI from the beach after getting trapped by rising tides. Read more here.

Map of where boys were found
BBC

Video of youngsters getting off RNLI boat

Nicholas Hill took this video of the youngsters disembarking the RNLI boat after last night's rescue in Dover.

Video of the youngsters being taken off the RNLI boat

"Rail delays, for now at least, are over"

Helen Catt says commuters have been "angry and frustrated" at the way disruption has been handled today.

Update now on our Facebook page

'You wouldn't be able to broadcast what I'm thinking right now...'

At the scene - Tunbridge Wells station

Claire Cottingham

It's been a frustrating morning for commuters in Kent after trains were disrupted by emergency engineering work.

I've been live on the scene at Tunbridge Wells station, where there were a mixture of reactions. 

The majority of commuters are not happy with the service provided this morning. Most were on their phones, trying to find a way to Tonbridge station, where they were assured trains would be running. 

Others were told there would be a bus replacement service, but had been waiting over 40 minutes for one to arrive. 

Commuters
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Commuters at Tunbridge Wells station queuing for buses

Dashcam footage: Driver says he's 'lucky to be alive' after avoiding crash

Kent Messenger

A builder says a driver veered across the road while looking at his phone. You can read Kent Messenger's story and view the dashcam footage here.

Frustrations as queues lengthen

Claire Cottingham

These are the scenes at Tunbridge Wells station as several hundred people wait for a bus replacement service to Tonbridge.

Commuters at Tunbridge Wells station

Commuters and drivers affected by train disruption

You've been having your say on Twitter about rail and road disruption.

Tell us your views by tweeting us, sending us a Facebook message or emailing us. 

@bbcsoutheast tonbridge was no better!!

@bbcsoutheast It's not just trains... Been driving for an hour now, I'm only trying to get up to Southborough from Twells!

Got to my station & luckily was warned of this before getting on a train to #TunbridgeWells Trying a #southern line. twitter.com/bbcsoutheast/s…

Rail disruption expected until 12:00 BST

Southeastern has posted this update on its website for commuters this morning.

Southeastern update on rail delays
Southeastern
All lines are closed due to emergency works

'They weren't massively prepared'

Matt Pavitt, coastal operations commander for Kent Coastguard, said the children rescued from Dover "weren't dressed in outdoor clothing". 

'They weren't massively prepared'

'Walked past nine signs'

BBC Radio London has reported the 34 pupils walked past several signs warning them not to continue down to the beach.

.@RNLI says the 34 London pupils who had to be rescued from coast near #Dover overnight "walked past 9 signs" warning them not to continue

'It's chaos out there'

Commuters struggling to get to London this morning have vented their frustration over the bus replacement service between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.

This is what you've been Tweeting

@bbcsoutheast and yet @tw_people has been walking for 45 mins & hasn't seen a bus. It's chaos out there.

Great example of @Se_Railway turning a problem into a shambles twitter.com/bbcsoutheast/s…

@BBCRADIOKENT you asked why the traffic out of TW is bad. It's because everyone is driving to Tonbridge Station!!! @Se_Railway

Commuters facing bus replacement woe

Claire Cottingham

Replacement buses operating this morning between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.

A rail conductor has told us a freight train damaged the tracks, resulting in emergency engineering works. Here's the queue:

Commuters
BBC
Commuters waiting at Tunbridge Wells station
Tunbridge Wells
BBC
Trains cancelled at Tunbridge Wells

'We worked as a team'

Mark Finnis, Coxswain at Dover RNLI, was part of the rescue team. He told BBC Radio Kent Breakfast with John and Maggie they used infra-red heat seeking equipment to find the youngsters.

Mark Finnis, Coxswain at Dover RNLI, was part of the rescue team

What's today's weather looking like?

Showers and sunshine, according to Rachel Mackley. Here she is with your forecast. 

Weather forecast with Rachel Mackley

'It was a lack of knowledge'

Following the rescue of 34 youngsters off a beach in Kent, people have been warned to be careful around the sea.

They probably set off in the daylight hours. It would have looked very appealing, they probably would have had the sunset. The sea would have looked very nice, but within all of that there are a lot of hidden dangers."

Mark FinnisCoxswain at Dover RNLI

Coastguard heralded after rescue

The Port of Dover sent these tweets in praise of the coastguard and their rescue of the youngsters.

Pleased to see coordinated response bringing people safely ashore. Well done to Coastguard & local RNLI crew. 1/2

Lessons to us all to be careful around water and check tidal information, particularly at this time of year. Stay safe 2/2

'They were very lucky'

An air and sea search began at about 21:00 BST after the London school group alerted Kent Police. They were advised to use their phone lights to aid the search for them, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said. You can read more here.

Quite often under these conditions, under a cliff, your mobile phone will not work. You won't get any network. There are hidden dangers on coastlines"

Mark FinnisCoxswain at Dover RNLI

Rescue a 'lesson to us all'

After the 34 pupils and two adults were rescued, the Port of Dover tweeted that it was "a lesson to us all to be careful around water and check tidal information".  

A picture of last night's rescue operation in Dover
Stuart Brock Photography
A picture of last night's rescue operation in Dover
Dover rescue
Stuart Brock Photography
More than 30 pupils were trapped
Dover rescue
Stuart Brock Photography
They used their phone lights as beacons
Dover rescue
Stuart Brock Photography
The rescue area was prone to cliff rock falls

Pupils trapped by tide use phones as beacons

More than 30 pupils who became trapped by rising coastal tides were rescued after using their mobile phone lights as distress beacons.

The 34 youngsters and two adults had got lost between St Margaret's Bay and Dover last night in an area prone to cliff rock falls.

Children and adults rescued from rising tide in Dover
Stuart Brock Photography
Children and adults rescued from rising tide in Dover

BBC Local Live: Kent

Claire Cottingham

Good morning - I'm here until 14:00 BST today with the latest news, sport and weather from around the county. Jeff Penfold has brightened our morning after he sent us this glorious picture of Scotney Castle - it's our #photooftheday.

But we want to know what’s happening in your area, you can tweet us using #KentLive, send us a Facebook message or email us.

Scotney Castle
Jeff Penfold
Scotney Castle looking beautiful in the sunshine