Londoners braced for Easter getaway disruption

A perfect storm of rail engineering works, holiday traffic and good weather will see journey times on some roads double this Easter.

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Channel Tunnel problems cause long queues at St Pancras

Queues through St Pancras International tonight Credit: ITN

There are long queues at St Pancras International Station this evening after two separate incidents earlier

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The first problem came earlier today when a fatality near Lille in northern France involving a French high-speed train resulted in diversions and delays to Eurostar trains.

Then, just as Eurostar services were getting back to normal, a Eurotunnel passenger shuttle train broke down in the tunnel leading to further delays to Eurostar services and long hold-ups of up to four hours for shuttle-train passengers.

An increased police presence at St Pancras Credit: ITN

Eurostar has had to cancel six trains today - two from London to Paris, two from Paris to London, one from London to Brussels and one from Brussels to London.

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