Eurostar trains delayed due to points failure

12th February 2010, Comments 0 comments

Eurostar trains were delayed for up to two and a half hours Thursday due to a points failure, a spokeswoman said, the day before an official report into a Christmas service breakdown that caused chaos.

LONDON - Two trains between London and Paris and one between London and Brussels were delayed, a spokeswoman said, adding that the problem had now been resolved and a normal service was resuming.

The problems coincided with a cold snap in Britain, but the spokeswoman denied the freezing temperatures and snow had caused the delays.

"There is some disruption because of the weather but the problem this morning was really an infrastructure problem" on the British side, she said.

"We have been told it's been resolved and most trains are on the move", she said, adding that the service would resume "with minor delays".

The continental train service was massively disrupted in December when trains broke down in the Channel Tunnel after snow which fell in northern France melted and caused the trains' electrical systems to malfunction.

Dozens of trains were cancelled and thousands of passengers were stranded on both sides of the English Channel in the busy run-up to Christmas.

An official report into the breakdown is due to be published on Friday, and leaks suggest it will criticise the inadequate weather proofing of the trains.


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