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Channel Tunnel 'could reopen this afternoon'

It's thought the Channel Tunnel could reopen this afternoon after an incident involving a Eurotunnel shuttle train.

A lorry shuttle train is believed to have caught fire, with smoke seen coming from the vehicle after it emerged from the French side of the Channel.

The train was thought to have been met by fire crews in Calais and the blaze quickly extinguished.

It is believed that truckers, who were in a separate carriage, were evacuated to emergency sidings. No injuries have been reported.

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Channel Tunnel services halted after suspected fire

All services through the Channel Tunnel between Folkestone and Calais have been halted after an incident involving a Eurotunnel shuttle train.

There were unconfirmed reports that the shuttle train had caught fire, with Eurotunnel merely saying on its website that a "technical fault" meant a temporary suspension of its Folkestone-Calais shuttles.

Eurostar train services between London and Paris and Brussels were also unable to pass through the tunnel, with no through-freight trains running either.

None of our trains are stuck in the tunnel but we are unable to go through the tunnel at the moment.

"There has been a problem with one of the Eurotunnel shuttle services."

– A Eurostar spokesman

Mobile phone and internet access a hundred metres under the sea

Passengers can now get connected inside the Channel Tunnel Credit: PA

Rail passengers will now be able to use their mobile phones and internet inside the Channel Tunnel.

French mobile telephone operators have teamed up with Eurotunnel to supply access for passengers using Le Shuttle and Eurostar.

They'll be able to make calls a hundred metres below sea level.

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