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.
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.
Eurotunnel passengers travelling from Folkestone to France have been evacuated from a train after problems with overhead cables.
The delays are expected to last for the remainder of the day.
Passengers are being advised not to travel if it's not essential and no further bookings are being taken for today.
Eurotunnel services through the Channel Tunnel are delayed this morning due to a catenary problem. One of six intervals are blocked which means a reduced service for passengers.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has announced the latest stage of pioneering new infrastructure plans to link the French and UK power grids.
The project "Eleclink" has received the necessary approvals from energy regulators.
Eurotunnel hope to pave the way forward for construction later this year.
The project will help send up to 50% more electricity between France and Britain.
In a speech to Eurotunnel employees, Danny Alexander also announced how over 2000 infrastructure projects and improvements have been successfully completed since 2010.
He also said:
There's a waiting time of up to 2 and a half hours to freight Eurotunnel service at Folkestone due to an earlier incident in the Channel Tunnel.
There is a waiting time of an hour and a half before check-in, and a further wait on an hour on the terminal for freight services after a train broke down in the tunnel yesterday evening.