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Londonbound Eurostars will emerge from the North Downs Tunnel in what is now a mature coppice on the fringe of Buckmore Park. Clearance has begun and there is a tangle of felled multiple-trunk chestnut trees, but no protestors, to be dragged away. Once it must have been an idyllic spot. Now there is a continuous thunder of traffic pounding up the M2 motorway's steep incline from the Medway Valley.