Fresh frustration for Eurostar passengers as power glitch halts train in Channel Tunnel

Eurostar train

A Eurostar train like this one was stopped in the Tunnel while the driver investigated a problem

Channel Tunnel passengers already affected by reduced services following this month's serious fire were hit by further delays today after a Eurostar train suffered a power problem.

The London to Paris service which had left St Pancras station at 6.55am was halted in the Tunnel for about 30 minutes.

A Eurostar spokesman said: 'One of our trains stopped with some kind of operational fault.

'The driver detected that it was a problem relating to the pantograph - the device on the top of the train which draws power from the overhead lines.

'The train was able to eventually continue and it's now out of the tunnel and on its way to Paris.'

The spokesman said the incident was likely to lead to delays to tunnel services, which have just returned to 50 per cent of normal levels following the fire in the tunnel on September 11.

A spokesman for tunnel operator Eurotunnel said: 'Thankfully, this was just a technical incident and the whole thing was over in about an hour. Passengers must expect delays today.'

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