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Passenger and freight services through the Channel Tunnel were suspended earlier today because of a technical fault in the tunnel. Both Eurotunnel and Eurostar services were affected, while the tunnel was closed. Technical teams have now resolved the issue but passengers are warned of long delays. Lorries are facing a 90 minute wait for Check In and a further 4 1/2 hour wait on the Channel Tunnel Terminal.
We are still awaiting further information on the delays, we're sorry for the inconvenience.
Due to a Tunnel power supply problem our service is temporarily suspended. Technicians are on site to rectify the problems swiftly 1/2 ^LD
We estimate that the service will not resume before 17:00. We're offering customers transfer to a ferry; pls check-in to arrange this. ^LD
Customers affected by today'service delays should contact email@example.com. Pls include your booking ref ^SL
The train has now exited from the Tunnel and we will reform the timetable as quickly as possible. ^LD
All trains have now arrived. Our sincere apologies for the delays today.
Highways England have reported that a train has broken down in the Channel Tunnel. There are severe delays to travellers, and delays to freight on the M20.
It is being reported that there is a waiting time of up to six hours to the Freight Eurotunnel service at Folkestone due to the incident in the Channel tunnel. Lorry drivers are experiencing a waiting time of up to 90 minutes at Check-In and a further four-and-a-half hours on the Channel Tunnel terminal.
There is a waiting time of up to six hours and 30 minutes to the Freight Eurotunnel service at Folkestone, and severe delays on the rest of the line due to an earlier broken down train and an earlier technical fault in the Tunnel which has now been resolved.
Passengers are facing a 90 minute wait for Check In and a further 5 hour wait on the Channel Tunnel Terminal.
On its website Eurostar said that its trains were currently delayed due to infrastructure problems in the Channel Tunnel.
The delay to our UK Passenger service is now 4 hours, with service from France currently 01h30. We apologise for the inconvenience caused^ST
The tunnel inspection has now finished, both tunnels will be fully opened and more departures will be published shortly. ^ST
Customers affected by today's delays can email firstname.lastname@example.org please include your booking reference number. ^ST
Following a power issue in the tunnel, a single line is working. Apologies to our passengers currently delayed. https://t.co/LIoETGYQ5C
Due to a power supply problem on our UK Terminal, delays are likely to increase. More information will follow. ^ST
Due to a power supply problem, we are currently operating with a reducded timetable, while the issue is being investigated. ^ST
There is a waiting time of up to five hours to passenger Eurotunnel services at Folkestone due to a train stopped in the tunnel earlier and power supply issues.
There is a waiting time of approximately 5 hours on the Channel Tunnel Terminal after a train stopped in the tunnel earlier and a new power supply problem.
Two young men from Iran who walked through the Channel Tunnel are due to make another appearance in court.
Payam Mirahessari and Farein Vahdani were arrested near the crossing entrance in Folkestone in October.
They are charged with obstructing the railway.
The Chief Inspector of Prisons has condemned border officials in Kent for holding thousands of migrants - including children - at centres in Folkestone and Dover without food, hot drinks, or medical checks. In some cases, forcing them to sleep on a concrete floor.
During last summer's crisis, which saw the Channel Tunnel and ferries suspended on dozens of occasions, and the M20 closed for Operation Stack:
- More than 3,600 migrants were apprehended and detained at three bases on the Kent coast
- Between July to September, about 1,200 people were held each month at Dover and Folkestone
- That's equivalent to 40 detained each day
The prison inspectorate report reveals - for the first time - the sheer scale of the numbers caught entering the UK through Kent.
You can watch Abigail Bracken's report below. Interviewees are: the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke; Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins; and Phil Kerton from Seeking Sanctuary.
A report by the prison inspectorate has condemned the conditions in which migrants were held at the Channel Tunnel and Dover.
Almost 5000 entered Kent illegally last year. The migrants -including hundreds of children - were housed on concrete floors, with no food, or hot drinks, and no immediate medical attention.
ITV Meridian spoke to Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, and Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe.