Saturday 29 April 2017

Cables theft delays Eurostar trains

Eurostar trains slowed to a crawl due to a signal problem after thieves stole copper cables
Eurostar trains slowed to a crawl due to a signal problem after thieves stole copper cables

Eurostar trains travelling between London and Paris were hit by delays after thieves stole copper cables used for signalling.

Services between the two capitals were experiencing delays of up to 60 minutes because of signalling problems caused by the theft in France.

A Eurostar spokesman said the problems only affected trains from London to Paris and not to Brussels, with services expected to return to normal by Sunday.

He said: "The theft of the copper cables has led to a signalling problem and because of that we have a speed restriction for eight kilometres.

"Our trains could continue to go on the line but very, very slowly.

"That meant 45 to 60-minute delays which will remain for probably the rest of the day until the end of service and tomorrow normal service will resume."

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