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Channel Tunnel travellers face second day of disruption

Channel Tunnel travellers are experiencing a second day of disruption following Monday's overhead power line problem.

  • Four of the high-speed Eurostar train services had to be cancelled today and there were delays to the Folkestone to Calais shuttle services
  • Eurostar said passengers who had a booking on a cancelled train could exchange their ticket, free of charge, for another available service within the next four months

Ferry companies helping with Eurotunnel traffic

A spokeswoman for the Port of Dover said it was "working hard" with ferry companies to help get Tunnel traffic across the Channel after disruption was caused by a broken down train.

The port continues to maximise available capacity for the additional traffic whilst maintaining a first class service for customers already heading to Europe's busiest ferry port.

"The port continues to monitor the situation closely, in liaison with its ferry partners. Freight traffic entering the port is currently heavy, due to the issues at the tunnel. Tourist traffic is flowing freely into the port but passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journey."

– Port of Dover spokeswoman

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Channel Tunnel problems ongoing

Engineers are still working to try and restore power to a part of the Eurotunnel. It comes after overhead power cables were damaged earlier today.

A spokesman for Eurotunnel said this evening that engineering work will continue until 6am tomorrow morning, when the tunnel will partially reopen. Eurotunnel and Eurostar services have been badly disrupted. See the Eurostar.com website for more information on the delays.

Trains cancelled after Channel Tunnel evacuation

The following Eurostar services have been cancelled after a Eurotunnel shuttle train ground to a halt in the Channel Tunnel following a power failure:

  • 9019 (Paris to London)
  • 9018 (London to Paris)
  • 9133 (Brussels to London)
  • 9132 (London to Brussels)
  • 9024 (London to Paris)
  • 9031 (Paris to London)
  • 9148 (London to Brussels)
  • 9153 (Brussels to London)

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Eurotunnel shuttle train evacuated as power cable is brought down

Delays of up to six hours on Eurotunnel shuttle train after evacuation

We are currently having delays and some cancellations because of a problem with the overhead power line in the Eurotunnel.

If travel today is non-essential you can exchange your ticket, free of charge, to another available service within the next 4 months.

– Eurostar statement

Delays 'for rest of the day' after Eurotunnel shuttle train evacuation

Services through the Channel Tunnel using one of the two running tunnels, were able to continue but Eurotunnel warned that services were being delayed, with hold-ups possibly lasting for the rest of the day.

The evacuated passengers are now at the French terminal and are waiting for the affected train to arrive so they can get their cars

We are advising people who don't need to travel today to travel on another day. There are queues building up and travellers should expect delays throughout the day.

– Eurotunnel statement
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