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Eurostar train breaks down in Channel Tunnel

7 Jan 2010 by Mark Caswell

A Eurostar train enroute from Brussels to London broke down in the Channel Tunnel this morning.

The exact cause of the breakdown has not yet been confirmed, but Reuters is reporting that the train had developed “traction problems”. Kent-based website kentonline.co.uk says that the 0805 Eurostar service was towed to Ashford, where passengers were transferred to another train.

It is not clear if the breakdown is related to last month’s disruption when five Eurostar trains broke down as they left cold weather in France and entered the warmth of the Euro Tunnel.

As of 1000 today (January 7) Eurostar’s website does not make mention of this latest incident, but does warn of restricted services due to the adverse weather.

“Because of the current bad weather conditions across northern Europe Eurostar will be running a restricted service over the next few days. If you need to travel you should still check-in 30 minutes before the departure time shown on your ticket, however your service may be subject to cancellation or delay.

“If you do not need to travel we recommend you cancel or postpone your trip to a later date. Your ticket can be exchanged or refunded for free through your original point of purchase at any time in the next two months.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

For more information visit eurostar.com.

Report by Mark Caswell

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