Delays in Channel Tunnel to extend into Tuesday

8th July 2014, Comments 0 comments

Delays in the Channel Tunnel between France and Britain were set to extend into Tuesday after a power failure caused nearly 400 passengers to be evacuated.

High-speed train company Eurostar said damage to overhead power cables due to the breakdown of a shuttle train on Monday was "unresolved and ongoing" and that four Tuesday services had been cancelled.

Repair work will continue until 0500 GMT on Tuesday, when the tunnel will partially reopen, said Eurostar, which runs passengers trains through the tunnel between London, Paris and Brussels.

A Eurotunnel car shuttle from Britain to France came to a halt at about 7:30 am (0630 GMT on Monday), about a quarter of the way through the 50-kilometre (30-mile) long tunnel, sparking major delays and cancellations on the car service and the Eurostar.

The 382 people and four dogs on board were transferred to the French terminal, where they should be reunited with their cars once their train can be moved.

Eurostar said four trains between 0631 and 1043 GMT would be cancelled, and that passengers would be fully refunded or could change tickets free of charge.

"Eurotunnel engineers are working to resolve the issues and restore full power to the affected section of the tunnel," a spokeswoman said.

"As a consequence of the ongoing loss of power, Eurotunnel has informed Eurostar that some further disruption should be expected."


© 2014 AFP

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