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Channel Tunnel travellers face second day of disruption

Channel Tunnel travellers are experiencing a second day of disruption following Monday's overhead power line problem.

  • Four of the high-speed Eurostar train services had to be cancelled today and there were delays to the Folkestone to Calais shuttle services
  • Eurostar said passengers who had a booking on a cancelled train could exchange their ticket, free of charge, for another available service within the next four months

Port of Dover 'working hard' to get Tunnel traffic across

The Port of Dover has been "working hard" with ferry companies to help get Tunnel traffic across the Channel after a broken down-train forced an evacuation and caused major disruption for travellers.

"The port continues to maximise available capacity for the additional traffic whilst maintaining a first class service for customers already heading to Europe's busiest ferry port," a Port of Dover spokeswoman said.

"The port continues to monitor the situation closely, in liaison with its ferry partners. Freight traffic entering the port is currently heavy, due to the issues at the Tunnel.

"Tourist traffic is flowing freely into the port but passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journey."

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  1. London

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
  1. London

Hundreds evacuated after Eurotunnel shuttle train breaks down

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.

Uncharged laptops and phones barred from US flights

Uncharged phones and laptops will be barred from planes going to the US under new security measures, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said.

Uncharged phones and laptops will be barred from some flights. Credit: Press Association

The new rules come amid growing concern about the increased capability of al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Syria, and the threat the foreign fighters of Syria pose to the home countries.

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Air passengers told to turn on phones under new plans

Officials in the US say some passengers at overseas airports will be asked to turn on their phones under new security measures.

Read: New airport security measures are 'unavoidable'

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it will require some foreign airports to order passengers to turn on devices such as mobile phones. Any that do not power up will not be allowed on flights to the US, and those travellers may have to undergo additional screening.

  1. Meridian

Passenger says baggage chaos has been 'very difficult'

Passenger Phil Jackson has only received one of his 5 bags after landing in Bogota. Day 6 into his 2 week holiday with a group of friends, he is still waiting for 3 pieces of luggage.

He should have left the capital of Columbia as part of his multi-stop trip but instead, is having to wait around to find out what will happen with his luggage. Some of his friends have moved on to avoid losing out on their pre-booked flights and trips.

It was only a couple of days ago too that he discovered that it was not the airline's fault his luggage had gone missing but was in fact due to massive problems at the baggage systems at Heathrow's Terminal 5.

Heathrow: 'Several days' to reunite people with bags

A Heathrow Airport spokeswoman said "it will take several days" for all of the passengers affected by a computer glitch to receive their luggage.

We experienced intermittent issues with the T5 baggage system between June 26 and 29 which caused some bags to be processed manually. Passengers can now check in bags as normal.

Manual processing led to some bags not making flights in time. While passengers are receiving bags all the time, it will take several days to reunite all passengers with their bags.

We are very sorry for the disruption passengers have experienced and we are working round the clock with airlines to reunite passengers with their bags as quickly as possible.

– Heathrow spokeswoman

Heathrow passengers without bags days after glitch

A Heathrow Terminal 5 computer glitch has meant some passengers have still not received their luggage days after the problem started.

Departing British Airways passengers have been affected by the glitch. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The technical error began on Thursday and has affected departing British Airways passengers.

Some of the affected travellers had to fly without their hold luggage and many have still not received their bags yet despite normal baggage check-in resuming at T5.

The terminal opened in March 2008 when thousands of bags went missing and there were long delays and cancellations.

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