At London’s St Pancras Station, the travel chaos caused by the volcano is evident. People there are tired and frustrated after six days of disruptions.
Euronews reporter, Seamus Kearney was at the international train terminal: “Lots of relieved passengers coming in tonight, just relieved to be home finally after some nightmare stories, nightmare journeys. Many people talking about delays for up to three or four days, having to pay huge amounts for hotels and for transport to get to the Eurostar terminal. And then finding they have to pay enormous amounts of money for the tickets, if they are lucky to get tickets, to get back home to London.”
One traveller described his long voyage home: “We were in Slovenia, so were due to return on Friday, we couldn’t get out until Sunday, and we have just got back today. We took about four trains, through about six different countries, but we finally got here.”
Another man who had just arrived at St Pancras wanted the British Prime Minister to do more to help: “We actually had pre-booked tickets on the Eurostar for tonight, but we were in the lap of the gods. We were just left. So that’s it. We’re now back in Britain. We’re now going for a beer and a nice cup of tea. Gordon Brown, pull your finger out.”
Some people are having to wait days for tickets on the Eurostar, like one lady who, after a holiday in Ireland, was trying to get home to Germany with her family: “Tonight really got to me. I hit my end point. But we are going to keep positive because sooner or later, there’ll be a way to get back to the mainland, and we’ll get home to our house. It’s just a challenge. We’re not the only ones. I know there are hundreds of thousands of people that are stranded here and abroad. All we can do is wait and see, and stay as positive as we can.”