Paris (AFP) – Eurostar will run a full train service Monday but with some delays possible, after a weekend that saw disruptions caused by a lorry fire and an electrical glitch in the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France.
“The entire tunnel will not be repaired tomorrow, but there will be parts which will have been repaired that will facilitate more traffic in the tunnel, which will allow us to operate a normal service,” Eurostar’s chief executive Nicolas Petrovic told AFP on Sunday.
But as the tunnel won’t be back up to full capacity, “Eurostar services may be subject to delays of up to about 30 minutes,” the rail operator said in a statement.
Eurostar, which offers passenger rail services linking London, Brussels and Paris, had to cancel 11 trains, while other traffic faced delays of up to five hours. Only one of the two tunnels linking Britain and France was in service on Sunday.
“Chunnel” operators Eurotunnel said on their website that northbound passengers could face delays of around six hours, while those heading south could be delayed by four hours.
Sunday’s electrical incident, which occurred around 1000 GMT, shut down the tunnel for two hours, adding to passenger woes after Saturday’s fire had already forced thousands to rearrange their travel plans.
Eurostar passengers affected will be able to either exchange their tickets or get reimbursed, Petrovic said.