Eurostar Paris-London train disruption strands passengers

Eurostar said its London to Paris train service did not run for several hours after an alert shut a tunnel in Britain, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded in the latest disruption to hit the operator.

Last Updated: Jul 09, 2010, 10:53 AM IST

London: Eurostar said its London to Paris train service did not run for several hours after an alert shut a tunnel in Britain, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded in the latest disruption to hit the operator.

The alarm was raised yesterday after smoke was spotted in a tunnel under the River Thames, in London, which forms part of the route linking the two European capitals, said a Eurostar spokesman.

Rail operator Network Rail took the decision to close the tunnel and several hours later investigators gave the all-clear, said the Eurostar spokesman.

But the shutdown cancelled some services and delayed others already en route, and by the time the tunnel was reopened it was too late for any more services to depart from
London to Paris that night.

This left around 1,000 passengers stranded at St. Pancras station in London, according to a reporter waiting to get a train to Paris.