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SPORTS DIRECT IS TOO BIG FOR MIKE ASHLEY TO HANDLE ALONE Page 18

STREET PARTIES GALORE TO CELEBRATE HER MAJESTY’S BIG BIRTHDAY Pages 8-9

FAMILY SEATING BUSINESS WITH MILITARY TIES OPENS NEW FACTORY

INSIDE LIFESTYLE SOLD

The local motor group has been acquired by Hendy Automotive

By Andrew Tong

‘Planes will fly higher for longer’ Independent Arrivals Review’ concluded in January. The latest report has identified the modification of A320 aircraft to reduce their highpitched whine as a priority. This involves fitting older aircraft with vortex generators. Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark has secured an assurance from easyJet that two thirds of their aircraft will have been refitted by the end of this month. Another of the campaigners’ demands has been met by broadening the approach paths, which should create a fairer dispersal of planes. The report also guarantees an increase in the initial altitude of aircraft as they begin their approach to 7,000ft, which means they will fly higher for longer.

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GATWICK SIGNALS A MOVE TO REDUCE AIRCRAFT NOISE OVER TUNBRIDGE WELLS CAMPAIGNERS for quieter skies over Tunbridge Wells and surrounding villages are giving a cautious welcome to the publication this week of Gatwick’s Final Action Plan. Community groups have been calling for changes to the way aircraft approach the Sussex airport for two years. Experimentation with flight paths led to a concentration of incoming planes over a narrow strip through the Kent countryside. Gatwick now states that it ‘has accepted all of the recommendations of the

KARATE KIDS PICKED TO REPRESENT ENGLAND

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POLICE TAKE ACTION Travellers on Lower Common served with eviction notices

JOIN THE QUEUE Passengers await replacement buses at Tunbridge Wells station

Commuters left stranded after engineering accident closes line

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ZERO RATED HOTEL Clerical errors lead to low food agency listing for Spa

Network Rail admits passengers endured a ‘dreadful journey’ to work Adam Hignett

adam@timesoftunbridgewells.co.uk AN INVESTIGATION has been launched by Network Rail after the cancellation of trains between Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge during the height of yesterday morning’s rush hour. Travel chaos gripped both towns and their surrounding areas as gridlock on the roads compounded the situation, leaving thousands stranded for hours on their way to work. Commuters quickly took to social media to vent their frustration, as 24 trains between 5.20am and 12.21 were classed as either cancelled or ‘disrupted’. Sarah Owen on Twitter described the con-

tingency plans for disruption on the rail network as ‘shambolic’, while Julian Childs described the situation as ‘a joke’, adding: “Constant apologies wear thin.” Lucy Hayball, also on Twitter, said: “Going to be over an hour late on my second day thanks to trains… not exactly how I wanted to start my day.” Network Rail said the six hours of delays were caused after a ‘crucial’

‘Everyone has been calling into work, I have seen several people give up and go home’ Commuter Harry Molyneux

piece of railway equipment had been damaged by an engineering train during the early hours of the morning. This led to hundreds of commuters queuing at Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and High Brooms stations, in the hope of continuing their journeys by replacement bus. However, the buses proved ineffective as gridlock and tailbacks mired the road network, leaving even Kent Police and the borough council at a loss as to why the situation was so dire as ‘no accidents’ had been reported. Motorists, for example, were taking up to an hour longer than normal getting into town

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CLOSURE COUNTDOWN

Question mark hangs over BHS store after administration move

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Times of Tunbridge Wells 8th June 2016  

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Times of Tunbridge Wells 8th June 2016  

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