The nightmare weekend endured by thousands of Eurostar passengers should improve tomorrow, with the company hoping to restart its cross-Channel services. Criticism of Eurostar has been building, with French President Nicolas Sarkozy branding the disruption ‘unacceptable’. The company has run test trains to try to find out what went wrong.
“If the tests go well, we are optimistic we can resume services tomorrow,” said Eurostar Chief Operating Officer Nicolas Petrovic. “It will be a limited service though, with about two out of three normal departures. But we’re trying to improve that, to provide 26,000 seats for those people delayed.”
Eurostar’s terminals in Paris, London and Brussels have been overwhelmed; many passengers hoping for trains had nowhere to go, and so spent hours just waiting for news.
“There have been problems affecting the tunnel, that can happen with technical infrastructures, but to have trains stuck for days on end is not good enough,” said the French Transport Secretary Dominique Bussereau
Eurostar say the freezing conditions in northern France and southern England are the worst they’ve seen in the 15 years since the tunnel opened.