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Hundreds evacuated from Eurotunnel

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.

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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

Eurotunnel passengers stuck as delays continue

The delays are expected to last for the rest of the day Credit: Brian Tait

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 have been transferred to a French terminal Credit: Brian Tait

Passengers are being advised not to travel if it's not essential and no further bookings are being taken for today.

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