Monday, 22 February 2010

Another Eurostar Train Breaks Down

More than 700 passengers have had to be rescued from a broken down Paris to London Eurostar train in Kent late on Sunday 21st Feb after it experienced what the company said was a "major technical problem". Passengers had to wait for a replacement train that arrived more than an hour later.

Eurostar apologised for the incident and said there would be a full investigation into what had caused the electrically powered train to stop. Eurostar would not confirm passengers' claim that lights in the carriages had failed and they were sitting in the dark for two hours or reports that the power car had become detached from the rest of the train. There were also reports that the air conditioning and toilets had failed.

Eurostar said there was not expected to be any disruption to services later and passengers should check in as normal.

The incident is the latest problem to hit Eurostar. Several trains broke down in December when heavy snowfall affected the trains.

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