Sunday 26 October 2014

Lightning strike triggers Eurostar chaos for commuters

Published 27/03/2014 | 23:58

A Eurostar spokesman said 'two or three' services were slightly delayed but operations were running normally
Eurostar

Hundreds of Eurostar passengers have been delayed after a lightning strike on the UK side of the Channel Tunnel.

Lightning triggered a fire at a building close to the Kent entrance to the Channel Tunnel, at Ashford, causing delays to all Eurostar services.

A spokesman said four trains in and out of England had been affected, but the full service would resume shortly.

He said: "Four trains in all have been delayed.

"Customers are being offered taxis and hotels where necessary, but we are hoping to have everything back to normal shortly."

One UK-bound train has returned to Paris before entering the tunnel, and there has also been a delay to the service from Brussels.

Two services destined for France have also temporarily returned to London ahead of the route being declared safe.

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