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Travel misery as freezing weather halts Eurostar

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Travel misery as freezing weather halts Eurostar


The Channel Tunnel nightmare continues for pre-Christmas travellers.

No Eurostar passenger services will run today in the underwater rail link between Britain and France.

Earlier, more than 2,000 people were stuck for up to 15 hours in the tunnel when their trains broke down because of bad weather.

“The heat was unbearable,” said one woman who had been stranded. “A little girl actually got taken to hospital because she was going in and out of unconsciousness. Another lady was having panic attacks.”

“They herded us from one train to another, up and down the Eurotunnel. There was no water, no food, no blankets,” another woman added. “She was freezing,” she said, referring to her young daughter, “but there were babies without milk as well. It is disgusting.”

“I had my four-year-old daughter with me. She was walking down the tracks with me next to live lines,” said another female passenger, in tears.

A rescue locomotive and a shuttle train were used to get stranded travellers moving again. Another Eurostar train broke down on Saturday night, this time in southern England. It is hoped passsenger services will resume through the tunnel on Monday.

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