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  • 8 July 2014, 12:39

Channel Tunnel Passengers Face More Disruption

Eurotunnel passengers are facing continued delays and cancellations after a broken-down train forced an evacuation.

Four Eurostar services - carrying passengers between St Pancrasand Paris - were cancelled on Tuesday morning as engineers worked to repair "unresolved and ongoing" damage to the power supply inside the tunnel.

An update from Eurotunnel- which takes passengers and their vehicles from Folkestone to Calais - said one-third of the tunnel remained closed at 7am, it was expected to be fully open by mid-morning.

Car traffic was experiencing a one hour delay, while commercialvehicles were having to wait slightly longer.

Almost 400 passengers from a Eurotunnel train were evacuated from a train about 7.5 miles into the 30-mile long tunnel on Monday morning when the France-bound shuttle came to a halt amid an overhead power line problem.

Eurostarsaid its services were also experiencing delays of around 60 minutes.

"These technical issues, which are beyond Eurostar's control, have, regrettably, led to significant disruption to Eurotunnel shuttle and Eurostar services, a spokeswoman said.

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

The cancelled services are:

:: London to Paris, 7.31am departure, service 9006

:: Paris to London, 11.43am departure, service 9025

:: London to Brussels, 8.58am departure, service 9116

:: Brussels to London, 8:52am departure, service 9117

Passengers who were due to travel on the cancelled services will be offered full refunds or given the chance to exchange tickets, free of charge, for travel at a future date.

Passengers on all other services should check-in as usual, the company added.

Eurostar said it was contacting affected passengers to alert them to the disruption to services.

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