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Summary

  1. Transport Secretary announces location for Operation Stack lorry park
  2. It will be built at Stanford West, near Folkestone
  3. Updates from Kabul as BBC South East Today correspondent travels with Gurkhas
  4. Updates on Wednesday 6 July 2016

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That's it from us

We've come to the end of today's live page on the Operation Stack lorry park announcement - we hope you enjoyed our text and video updates.  

We'll be back tomorrow at 09:00 BST with a Kent Live page, but please remember you can still tweetFacebook or email us.

Travel this afternoon

BBC Travel

An accident on the M25 has led to "severe" traffic. For more detailed information visit here.

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The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Kabul

Mark Norman

BBC South East News Correspondent

Lt Colonel Jamie Murray from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles has been telling me about their role in Kabul.

Lt Colonel Jamie Murray from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles

The Royal Gurkha Rifles in Kabul

Mark Norman

BBC South East News Correspondent

I'm in the Afghan capital of Kabul with soldiers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

They've left their base in Folkestone and will be here for eight months. 

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles are in Kabul

Gillingham re-sign Oshilaja

The Gills have secured the return of centre-back Deji Oshilaja on a season-long loan from Cardiff City. They've also confirmed former Manchester United trainee Lee Martin has joined on a permanent deal. 

BREAKING: @TheGillsFC have re-signed Deji Oshilaja from @CardiffCityFC on a season-long loan. #Gills

BREAKING: @TheGillsFC have re-signed Deji Oshilaja from @CardiffCityFC on a season-long loan. #Gills

You've been having your say

The Operation Stack lorry park announcement has led to some disagreement on social media. Please continue to have your say - you can tweetFacebook or email us.

Folkestone and Hythe MP says lorry park will end 'horror' of Operation Stack

Damien Collins says the new lorry park will bring huge benefits to Kent.

Damian Collins MP

Will the sunshine continue this afternoon?

Kate Kinsella

BBC weather

In non-Operation Stack news - will the sun carry on shining in Kent for the rest of the week? I've got the details:

Weather forecast with Kate Kinsella

Matthew Scott says lorry park is a 'significant investment'

The lorry park decision has received praise from Kent's new Police and Crime Commissioner.

View more on twitter

Operation Stack: In numbers

Infographic
BBC

Operation Stack: Do you remember Disco Boy?

Last summer the entertainer who called himself Disco Boy - dressed in nothing more than a pair of women's shorts, sunglasses and a hat - took his one man rave to the M20 to cheer up the truckers caught up in Operation Stack.

Disco Boy at Operation Stack

Operation Stack: 'Disneyland-sized' lorry park

Key players are having their say on the Operation Stack announcement.

You can read our BBC News story here.

Lorries queuing in Operation Stack
Reuters
Operation Stack was imposed 32 times last summer

'We are very disappointed'

Kent Messenger

Matthew Webb, chairman of Stanford Parish Council, has spoken to the Kent Messenger.

He said: "We will be reviewing our position with lawyers when the consultation begins."

You can read the full story here.

Operation Stack report on BBC South East Today

BBC South East Today's Environment Correspondent Yvette Austin is interviewing Matthew Balfour from Kent County Council about today's announcement.

A report will be on BBC One at 13:30 BST and 18:30 BST.

Remember you can have your say - you can tweetFacebook or email us.

At Stop24 with @yvette_austinTV for @bbcsoutheast interviewing KCC cab member for transport.

At Stop24 with @yvette_austinTV for @bbcsoutheast interviewing KCC cab member for transport.

You've also been having your say about Operation Stack on Facebook

We're getting a lot of reaction to the Operation Stack announcement on the BBC South East Today Facebook page.

Facebook comment by Lacey Freeman
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'I know countryside will be lost'
Facebook comment by Joy Hadaway
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'Finally'
Facebook comment from Neil P Walker
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Comment from Neil P Walker

'Still going to be chaos'

Mixed reaction to the news that the Operation #Stack lorry park is to be built at Stanford West.

Get involved - you can tweetFacebook or email us.

@bbcsoutheast @transportgovuk still going to be chaos at Junction 11.

@bbcsoutheast @mags180 @transportgovuk as long as it's not gonna replace an airport!

@bbcsoutheast Yeah ! what happened to to the lorry park at Manston airport , you reported it being prepared , was it ever used ?

Operation Stack lorry park: 'Great news' or 'a drop in the ocean'?

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says it will end the misery on Kent's roads but environmental campaigners argue it will have an "appalling" impact.

Operation Stack views

Freight Transport Association: 'It'll end Operation Stack misery on Kent's roads'

The Freight Transport Association says the lorry park will ease pressure on Kent’s roads:

FTA has been pressing for a permanent solution to the problems caused by Operation Stack so we’re delighted that the new lorry area could be ready by next summer.

This will end the misery for thousands of residents and businesses whose lives have been repeatedly disrupted by Operation Stack on the M20, especially last summer when it was implemented 32 times.

However, the design of the lorry site is crucial to ensure that trucks can be quickly moved to the port and Eurotunnel as soon as capacity is available.”

Natalie ChapmanHead of Policy for London and the South East
Twitter
Twitter
Natalie Chapman has given her full support to the announcement

Damian Collins: 'Best way to avoid costs to local businesses'

Claire Cottingham

Damian Collins, who is the MP for Folkestone and Hythe, has backed the Operation Stack lorry park announcement. 

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Chancellor: 'We are taking bold action'

Chancellor George Osborne gave this reaction to the Operation Stack announcement.

We are taking bold action to deal with the severe inconvenience suffered by people living and working in Kent when cross-channel services are affected."

A long-term solution that will keep traffic moving has been talked about for decades, but now we are delivering it. I look forward to construction starting as soon as possible."

Queues of lorries affected by Operation Stack
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Queues of 4,600 lorries stretched back 30 miles

Op Stack decision: 'Dismayed at decision'

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has given its views on the announcement:

Spending £250m on lorry park the size of Disneyland in Kent countryside is not the solution to Operation Stack -dismayed at today's decision

How big will the lorry park be?

At the beginning of June, the Transport Select Committee was critical of the decision to build the park saying it had been taken "too hastily". They released this graphic to illustrate its size:

Graphic of lorry park size
Transport Select Committee
The size of the park has been compared to that of Disneyland in California

Where will the lorry park be built?

Two potential sites for the lorry park were revealed in December. They were Stanford West - which has now been named as the preferred option - and also Westenhanger.

Both sites are to the north of the M20 at junction 11.

Map of where the road will be built
Highways England
The lorry park will be built at the number 1 site in Stanford West

Your top stories this morning

Other than Operation Stack, a gang is jailed for a violent robbery, Kent's Royal Gurkha Rifles travel to Afghanistan and fears that a rare plant which only lives in certain parts of the South East could be at risk. It's this morning's 3in30 with Lauren Moss

3in30

What is Operation Stack?

  • Stretches of the M20 in southeast Kent are used to park freight bound for the Channel Tunnel or the Port of Dover
  • Implemented when a cross-Channel service is severely disrupted by bad weather, fire, operational problems, industrial protests or migrant action at Calais
  • Introduced as temporary measure in 1988
  • Used 48 times between 1997 and January 2015
  • Typically lasts five or six days

Op Stack
Reuters
Operation Stack was used 32 times last summer

You've been having your say about the Op Stack lorry park

Lauren Moss

Please tell us what you think about the lorry park announcement. You can tweetFacebook or email us.

@bbcsoutheast @transportgovuk How most unpleasant

@BBCRADIOKENT @truckeradamuk @transportgovuk about time too

'Operation Stack cost Kent and Medway economy £1.45m a day'

Kent County Council's cabinet member for environment and transport, Matthew Balfour, gave this reaction to the Operation Stack announcement.

“I’m pleased the government has agreed to a site and is moving quickly with constructing this permanent lorry holding area," he said.

“For years we have argued that a solution to the problem of Operation Stack - blighting not only Kent’s residents and businesses but much of the UK - needs to be considered, and this is a culmination of that work.

Lorries affected by Operation Stack
PA
Operation Stack was imposed 32 times last summer

“Last year’s Stack had an estimated cost to the Kent and Medway economy of around £1.45 million a day and across the country it was estimated to be about £250 million a day.

“We fully intend to support property owners in Stanford during this process.

“Alongside appropriate environmental mitigation measures, we believe residents should be quickly and fully compensated for the loss of property value and inability to sell if they need or want to move.”

Op Stack lorry park: Autumn statement

Operation Stack was used on a record 32 days last year as the area was hit with unprecedented disruption in the summer.

Following this, in last year’s Autumn Statement the government announced it would be providing up to £250 million for a permanent lorry area.

Lorry queue
PA
Operation Stack is used when there is disruption to cross-Channel travel

BreakingOperation Stack lorry park location announced

The site of the new Operation Stack lorry park has been announced by the Transport Secretary.

The park, which will give space for 3,600 lorries, is to be built at Stanford West.

Remember when Pickles found the stolen Jules Rimet trophy?

Stuart Maisner

Dave Corbett has been reminiscing about that day 50 years ago when his dog changed his life forever.

Pickles made his owner famous after finding the World Cup trophy

Don't forget your sunglasses today

Rachel Mackley

Weather Presenter

That's because it's going to be a mainly sunny, warm day. Here's the weather forecast for Kent.

Kent weather forecast with Rachel Mackley

Children in Need record fundraising total

It's been revealed  people in the South East raised £1,713,900 for Children in Need in 2015 - that's compared to £1,643,430 the year before.

It comes as Children in Need has revealed its highest ever fundraising total of £55 million. 

Thank you to everyone who got involved.

Children in Need logo
BBC
People in the South East raised £1,713,900 for Children in Need

Good morning from the Kent Live team

Claire Cottingham

Kent Live

Good morning.

We're here all day bringing you the latest news, weather, travel and sport from across the county.

Let's start off with our #photooftheday. It's a colourful image of beach huts in Broadstairs sent in by Erika Alldridge. Thank you Erika.

If you have taken a photo of Kent you'd like to send us you can tweetFacebook or email

Beach huts
Erika Alldridge
Beach huts in Broadstairs