Thousands of would-be Eurostar travellers will be stranded for a third day running today, with no passenger rail services in the Channel Tunnel.
At St Pancras Station in London, a bite of a free croissant was the nearest those waiting got to France, as wintry weather continues to wreak havoc.
Engineers are said to have identified the problem causing trains to break down but more tests are needed. That means Tuesday is the earliest passengers can hope to take a train to mainland Europe. It is not yet known when services will resume.
On the other side of the Channel, in Paris, the situation is equally frustrating.
“We have been told trains are not running, repairs are underway. So there we are, we are waiting,” said one woman.
A sense of humour seems to help some.
One woman asked: “What are we going to do? All the ferries are full, it is impossible to find a plane. What do you suggest….that we swim?”
The Christmas travel chaos began on Friday when 2,000 passengers were trapped overnight in the tunnel on broken down trains. Many of them are still furious after being left with no power, air conditioning, food or water.