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Tweets show St Pancras 'chaos' after Eurostar delays

Travelers at St Pancras station have posted pictures of the scene on Twitter, with some describing the situation with the hashtag #chaos.

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Love @eurostar -this disruption not their fault. But transport police don't know where Q starts @ #stpancras! #chaos http://t.co/chfcN2esG2

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Eurostar told ITV News that customers have a choice of re-booking and getting compensation, or of a full refund, as well as being reimbursed for reasonable resulting accommodation costs.

Long queues at St Pancras after 'severe' Eurostar delays

Hundreds of travelers are queuing and waiting at St Pancras after severe delays meant a backlog of Eurostar services.

A fatality in the Lille region and infrastructure problems in the Eurotunnel mean few customers will be able to travel today, a spokesperson for Eurostar told ITV News.

Video footage shows the scenes at St Pancras, where some queues appear to stretch much of the length of the station.

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'Severe delays' on Eurostar after fatality

There are "severe delays" on the Eurostar after a fatality and infrastructure problems in the Eurotunnel caused a backlog of trains.

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A spokesperson for Eurostar said that while they were not responsible for the causes, responsibility for passengers now rested with them. Credit: PA

Eurostar's twitter feed advises customers who are not currently at the station not to make their way there this evening, saying "we will be unable to accommodate you tonight".

It also says customers trying to contact them by phone could have to wait up to 20 minutes.

A fatality in the Lille region was followed by a technical hitch in the Channel Tunnel, resulting in a backlog of passengers on the tunnel's shuttles.

Eurostar say customers have a choice of re-booking their journey for free along with some compensation, or of getting a full refund for their journey.

They say they will also reimburse resulting accommodation costs.

Union leaders: Govt 'rushing through' East Coast sale

Rail union leaders have launched a legal move to challenge the the awarding of franchises to train companies and accused the Government of trying to "rush through" the deal.

It is imperative that we raise the genuine concerns of all stakeholders but, especially, the employees before this is rushed through. We cannot, in good conscience, allow the mistakes of the past to happen again.

– Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan

After the scandal of this Government robbing the British taxpayer of a billion pounds in the scramble to privatise the Royal Mail it is shocking that they are engaging in the same tactics to try and hand the East Coast Mainline back to their friends in big business.

– RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash

The coalition knows only too well that rail franchising is not fit for purpose. Rail workers are at a loss to understand why the government insists on going forward with a broken system which threatens the interests of passengers and taxpayers.

– TSSA leader Manuel Cortes

Free bus travel for elderly faces threat as services cut

Bus services are facing the axe as councils struggle to fund free travel for elderly people.

Government funding for free, off-peak travel for elderly and disabled people has fallen by 39% since 2010, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

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It added that councils are being increasingly forced to subsidise this concessionary travel at the cost of other essential services.

The LGA said that Buckinghamshire, Cumbria and Somerset were among county councils cutting back on services due to funding problems.

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Lucky escape as lorry blows onto car

Lorry falls on top of car on M60 Credit: Andrew Elliott

In last night's stormy weather, a lorry was blown on top of a car on the M60, at junction 24.

The car's owner, Andrew Elliott, has sent in these dramatic pictures.

Andrew told us he managed to climb out of the window and escaped with minor injuries.

Picture of car crushed by lorry Credit: Andrew Elliott

Train disruption continues as UK battered by storms

Train services across the UK are being disrupted due to the on-going storms and flooding, with train companies issuing advice via Twitter:

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Disruption in the north western England - Alternative travel options can be found here: http://t.co/mBKP97usjh #UKStorm

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Buses replace trains between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth because of overhead wire problems between Aberystwyth and Dovey Junction #UKStorm

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Good Morning, the line between Liverpool-Crewe is blocked until 10am, passengers travelling to London need to travel via Warrington...

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