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By Kathryn Langley and Bob Dale

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  1. BreakingLower Thames Crossing location announced

    A new tunnel under the River Thames east of Gravesend has been announced by the Government.

    The planned route will run from the M25 near North Ockendon, cross the A13 at Orsett before crossing under the Thames east of Tilbury and Gravesend. A new link road will then take traffic to the A2 near Shorne, close to where the route becomes the M2.

    A further £10m will be used to improve traffic flow at and around the existing crossing as well as studying ways to further tackle congestion. This will include a wide-ranging investigation into options to cut ‘rat running’ through Dartford and Thurrock.

    The Lower Thames Crossing is expected to carry 4.5 million heavy goods vehicles in its first year. 

    The route has the backing of Highways England which says it would reduce pressure on the Dartford Crossing and offer a shorter route to and from the Port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel. 

    Local residents and environmental campaigners though claim it will increase pollution and damage the countryside. 

  2. Protest planned at Discovery Park

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    Discovery Park, Sandwich

    A protest is taking place in Sandwich later against the exploitation of construction workers. 

    The GMB union says a Danish contractor operating at Discovery Park has not signed up to a national agreement in place in the UK. 

    It says the company is not paying workers fair wages or giving them proper working conditions and that its behaviour would be illegal in Denmark.

  3. Thames Crossing announcement expected

    Tom Darby

    BBC Live reporter

    Site of proposed crossing

    A long-awaited decision on the location of a new Thames Crossing linking Kent and Essex is expected later.

    Highways England has been recommending a new tunnel east of Gravesend, but ministers have also been considering another crossing at Dartford.

    The decision follows the largest ever public consultation for a UK road project.

    We'll have the announcement as soon as it's made.

    What option do you think would be best? You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email

    Map of options from Highways England
  4. Who's my mummy?

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    A 3,000-year-old mystery has been solved, thanks to a visit to Chiddingstone Castle by a group of experts.

    Now we know who the Castle's famous Egyptian coffin was made for.

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    Video caption: Chiddingstone Mummy named
  5. Rise in obesity hospital admissions

    Dan Maclaren

    BBC Live reporter

    Video content

    Video caption: Medical experts have accused the NHS of prejudice against obese patients.

    Is the NHS prejudiced against obese people? 

    One Sussex woman says she was forced to go private for life-saving weight-loss surgery.

    Last year obesity was a factor in more than 33,000 hospital admissions in Kent, Sussex and Sussex. 

  6. Next wave of English free schools approved

    School children

    Another 131 free schools have been approved to open in England, creating about 69,000 places.

    They include Stone Lodge Academy in Dartford and the Flagship School in Hastings.  

    All new state schools are now opened under the free school scheme - which can be run by academy trusts, parents or community organisations.

    The Education Secretary Justine Greening said they would help to "give parents more choices".

    The biggest number of these new schools will be in the south east, with more than 15,000 places in 27 schools, followed by almost 10,000 extra places in London in 18 schools, and 9,000 places in 12 schools in the west Midlands.

    You can read our full story here.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M25 Kent clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M25 Kent clockwise severe disruption, between J1A for A282 and J1B for A296 Princes Road.

    M25 Kent - An earlier broken down vehicle on M25 clockwise between J1a, A282 (Swanscombe) and J1b, A296 (Dartford). All lanes have been re-opened.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A229 Kent both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A229 Kent both ways severe accident, at Marden Road.

    A229 Kent - A229 Station Road in Staplehurst closed at the Marden Road junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Health trust making progress

    Mark Norman

    Health Correspondent, BBC South East

    The mental health trust which covers Kent and Medway has received good news in its latest report from the health watchdog.

    Two years ago the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust was told it requires improvement, but now the Care Quality Commission rates it as good overall and outstanding for being caring.

    The Trust's boss is especially proud of one particular achievement.

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    Video caption: Kent & Medway Partnership Trust CQC report

    And there will be more on this story on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Maggie by listening here.    

  10. Goodbye sunshine

    Georgina Burnett

    BBC Weather

    After a week of decent weather, it looks like things are set to change.

    Watch my forecast to find out more.

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    Video caption: Morning weather forecast with Georgina Burnett
  11. Thames Crossing announcement expected

    Dartford Crossing

    A long-awaited decision on the location of a new Thames Crossing linking Kent and Essex is expected later.

    Highways England has been recommending a new tunnel east of Gravesend, but ministers have also been considering another crossing at Dartford.

    The decision follows the largest ever public consultation for a UK road project.

    We'll have the announcement as soon as it's made.

    And there will be more on this on the BBC Radio Kent Breakfast Show with John and Maggie by listening here.   

  12. It's the middle of the week...

    Kathryn Langley

    BBC Live reporter

    And we'll be here until 22:00 BST with all of Kent's news, sport, travel and weather.    

    Is there anything you'd like to tell us about?

    You can get in touch on Twitter, on Facebook or by sending us an email.  

    This wonderful picture of Viking Bay was taken by Carole Adams. It's our Kent #photooftheday.

    Viking Bay