Rail link powers up....8 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 08, 2003 - 03:12 PM

The power system which will carry Britain’s first high-speed trains across Kent is about to be switched on for the first time.

From Saturday night (00.01hours Sunday February 9), 25,000 volts will be running through the overhead wires which will power trains along CTRL Section 1, the 46 miles of new railway between Fawkham Junction (near Swanley in Kent) and the Channel Tunnel complex at Cheriton.

Chris Jago, Managing Director of CTRL client Union Railways South, said: “As planned we will turn on the power on Section 1 of CTRL this weekend and it is imperative that for their own safety no-one tries to get onto our railway".

“From the early hours of Sunday there will be 25,000 volts running through the overhead wires and soon we will be testing Eurostar trains at up to 186mph on the line. Anybody who tries to penetrate our security is risking their life.

Section 1 of CTRL is now 92% complete, on budget and set to open as planned later this year. The major civil engineering works for Section 2, the 24 miles between Southfleet in north Kent and St Pancras in central London, began in July 2001 and are now over 35% complete.

When complete in 2007, the £5.2 billion CTRL will halve journey times from central London to the Channel Tunnel. The CTRL will also provide for Kent commuters to benefit from new high-speed domestic services to London and back and will create three new international stations at St Pancras, Ebbsfleet and Stratford, in addition to connecting with the existing Ashford International.


Shepway to get share of £5m....7 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 07, 2003 - 11:48 AM

A new scheme, Countryside Communities, run by the Community Fund and the Countryside Agency, will soon provide more than £5million for Dover and Shepway.

The first Kent and Medway Lottery Conference heard earlier this week that Projects across the south east have already attracted £750 million of lottery funding, with more to follow.

The Heritage Lottery Fund alone offers various grants to involve young people in their heritage and groups looking after local landmarks and culture, restoring historic parks and gardens, preserving churches and regenerating historic town centres.

Opening the conference at Ashford International Hotel, KCC Leader Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart told more than 200 delegates that good partnership working was the key to unlocking these funds.

He said the County Council spends £13 million a year with voluntary groups, and encourages 11,000 volunteers to tackle some of the social challenges in the county’s less well off areas. “We will only be able to tackle these challenges if we work in partnership with the public, voluntary and community sector in the interests of the whole of Kent.

“External funding is the key because our core budgets are getting tighter. At the moment twice as much lottery funding goes to the north than to the south. We all need to get our act together.�

Voluntary and community groups can get help and advice with applying for funds from KCC’s External Funding Unit, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ, telephone (01622) 694055, email


Thrills and spills on a weekend in Le Touquet...6 February 2003

Contributed by localrags on Feb 06, 2003 - 10:41 AM

Once every year a transformation takes place in the normally quiet French resort of Le Touquet. On 8 and 9 February 2003 the seaside town. Frequently visited by Parisians for "le weekend", hosts Enduro du Touquet, the world's largest sand endurance race with more than 1000 trail and quad bikes competing in high-speed thrills and spills on a three-hour circuit of the dunes.

With 250,000 spectators, there's a party atmosphere throughout the weekend with restaurants and cafés catering for everything from seafront snacks to à la carte dining.

Street entertainment is provided by carnival bands, whilst on the seafront you'll find a funfair and miles of refreshment stalls.

Travel with Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais/Coquelles in just 35 minutes and you too could be enjoying the thrills and spills of Le Touquet. Early bird day trip fares cost fromas little as £49 for a car and passengers. Le Touquet is just 40 minutes drive from Eurotunnel's Calais/Coquelles terminal on the A16 (exit 26 for Le Touquet).

To book online, click on our link for a £2 discount or call Eurotunnel on 08705 353535.



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