Eurotunnel back on track after lorry fire causes disruption

File picture of passengers at St Pancras, London

File picture of passengers at St Pancras, London. Image by Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Eurotunnel services resumed today after a lorry fire forced the closure of the Channel Tunnel for a time and led to serious disruption on Saturday and Sunday.

Passengers using the route experienced long delays over the weekend following a lorry fire which led to 11 Eurostar train services being cancelled.

The Channel Tunnel Le Shuttle car service began operation in the early hours of Monday following the all-clear from French firefighters.

And Eurostar, which operates passenger services linking St Pancras in London with Paris and Brussels, said it was planned to run a full service “for passengers who have an existing reservation for this date”.

But the company emphasised to those whose trains had been cancelled that they must have re-booked before going to stations.

Eurotunnel

Eurotunnel Image by Hakzelf / CC BY 2.0

“If you were on a cancelled train today and need to travel urgently tomorrow, please call our contact centre on +44 (0) 3432 186 186 after 8am GMT tomorrow and we will try to re-book you on a service departing after 12pm GMT,” it said.

Thousands of passengers were left stranded on Saturday, Sky News reports, when dozens of services were cancelled on both sides of the Channel after smoke was detected on the French side of the tunnel.

Eurotunnel explained that a “smouldering load” was found in the trailer of the lorry which had been travelling through the north tunnel, but said there was “no major fire”.

A Kent Police spokesman added that no injuries were reported.

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