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Eurostar service still frozen


More travel stress facing thousands of people stranded on both sides of the English channel.

Eurostar, the company that runs the Channel tunnel train service between France and Britain, says there will be no passenger service today.
The company does not know exactly when services will resume.They were suspended on Friday upsetting many travel plans as this English passenger explained:
“I have to get back for Christmas and it’s my daughter’s birthday this week as well. My family are very anxious that I should be there.”

A Frenchman complained:
“Today they could have run a reduced train service or a slower one taking an hour longer. I thjink it would have been just a minor drawback.”

Eurostar is owned by the French and Belgian state railway operators and the UK.
It said trains were stranded by problems of condensation when they moved from cold air outside the tunnel into warmer air inside.

Trains are now being modified to cope with severe winter conditions affecting much of Europe.

The Eurostar carries some 40,000 passengers a day between England and continental Europe.

France is to investigate a breakdown of Eurostar trains that trapped 2,500 passengers in the channel for up to 16 hours on Friday.

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