Hundreds of passengers have had to be evacuated from a broken-down train in the Channel Tunnel this morning, leading to long delays for travellers at London St Pancras.
The French-bound Eurotunnel passenger shuttle train came to a halt about a quarter of the way through the tunnel after a problem with the overhead power line. 382 passengers and four dogs were evacuated and taken on to the French terminal.
P&O Ferries said it was "delighted" to help an obese Frenchman stranded in London after Eurostar refused him entry on to a Paris-bound train.
Kevin Chenais, 22, was denied entry on to a Eurostar train as his lack of mobility would have breached strict safety regulations.
The incident was the latest setback for Mr Chenais as he bids tor return home to eastern France, after British Airways originally refused to fly him home from America.
A P&O Ferries spokesman said: "We're delighted to help. It's not difficult for us. We are used to carrying ambulances across the Channel, so we are set up for this type of thing.
"It's difficult to imagine the frustration that this gentleman has gone through. But for us, it's very straight-forward as we are set up to carry people who have medical needs."
Eurostar says it will pay for special ambulance to take a morbidly obese man from London, via ferry, to France. 22-year-old Kevin Chenais was stopped from travelling by train because of concerns over safety.
This afternoon, Eurostar said:
"Having arranged overnight accommodation in central London for Mr Chenais and his family, we contacted P&O last night to request their assistance arranging passage across the Channel.
"Following receipt of the necessary safety clearance from P&O we paid for the family to be transported to Dover in a special ambulance where they will board the P&O 'Pride of Britain' bound for Calais later this afternoon.
"Upon arrival in Calais, the family will continue their journey in the same ambulance to their home in south eastern France."
A ferry company has agreed to help a morbidly obese Frenchman stranded in London after he was stopped from getting on a Eurostar train. P&O Ferries says it will take 22-year-old Kevin Chenais across the English Channel. Eurostar said he posed a significant safety risk.
P&O Ferries said:
"We're delighted to help. It's not difficult for us. We are used to carrying ambulances across the Channel, so we are set up for this type of thing.
"It's difficult to imagine the frustration that this gentleman has gone through.
"But for us, it's very straight-forward as we are set up to carry people who have medical needs."
Eurostar have insisted they cannot ignore "very strict" safety regulations, after they refused travel to a 35-stone Frenchman.
Kevin Chenais, who weighs 35-stone, was denied entry onto a Paris-bound Eurostar train because of his lack of mobility.
“This is a terrible situation. Our heart goes out to Mr Chenais and his family who are understandably desperate to return home after being stranded in America," a Eurostar spokesman said.
"Unfortunately, there was no question that he would have been able to travel with Eurostar as we must observe very strict safety rules which govern travel through the Channel Tunnel."
The company said Mr Chenais’ immobility would have affected strict evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency, which may have posed a safety risk to himself, Eurostar officials and other passengers on board.
Eurostar confirmed that they had paid for Mr Chenais and his family to stay in London while they liaised with other partners to help find a solution to the 22-year-old's travel woes.
A Frenchman who was stranded in the United States because he was too heavy to fly has now been refused travel by Eurostar officials.
Kevin Chenais, 22, who weighs more than 35 stone, had been in the US since May 2012 after undergoing treatment for a hormone imbalance, but his plans to return home last month were thwarted after British Airways refused to accept him on to a flight.
After being rejected by the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship in his bid to sail across the Atlantic, Mr Chenais was finally accepted onto a Virgin Atlantic flight to Heathrow.
The Frenchman was greeted at the airport yesterday by French consular staff who arranged for the 22-year-old and his family to board a Paris-bound Eurostar train.
However, Eurostar refused entry to Mr Chenais as his lack of "mobility" did not coincide with their regulations for evacuation procedures.
Eurostar is to run direct services between London and Amsterdam from December 2016. Over 3 million passengers currently travel by air on the route making it one of Europe's most popular.
The Association of Train Operating Companies (Atoc) anticipated about 6.5 million rail journeys will be made over the bank holiday weekend.
An Atoc spokesman said: "The vast majority of people travelling by train this bank holiday will be unaffected by improvement work."
Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar said it expected to handle more than 120,000 passengers over the weekend - 10% more than over the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday period last year which was the first weekend in June.
Tomorrow will be Eurostar's busiest day of the holiday period.
Bosses at Gatwick said more than 790,000 passengers would be passing through the West Sussex airport between bank holiday Monday and Sunday June 2.
Among popular destinations for those flying from Gatwick are Spain, Portugal, the Balearic Islands, Turkey and the south of France.
Top city breaks include Dublin, Belfast and Amsterdam.
Carrying an increased number of American, Brazilian and Australian travellers, Eurostar saw its operating profit rise from £25.0 million in 2011 to £52.3 million in 2012.
In total, the company carried 9.9 million passengers last year compared with 9.7 million in 2011.
Passenger numbers were strong after the Olympics, with traffic up 5% in the last three months of last year compared with the October-December 2011 period.
While business passenger number remained flat last year, the leisure travel market rose 3%. Non-EU passenger numbers grew 8% in 2012.
Eurostar chief executive Nicolas Petrovic said: "Despite the challenging economic climate, we delivered a strong performance in 2012.