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Flooded railway tunnels paralyze Eurostar trains

Flooded railway tunnels paralyze Eurostar trains

December 30, 2023, 10:38 amDecember 30, 2023 at 5:38 pm

People waiting at St Pancras International station in London.Image: Cornerstone

Due to flooding of railway tunnels near London, all train services between the European continent and the British capital were canceled on Saturday. Throughout the day, the operating company Eurostar gradually canceled all flights from Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam to London and in the opposite direction.

There will be no trains on the high-speed route, which is also used by Eurostar trains passing through the Channel Tunnel under the English Channel, until the end of the day. The message called on railway passengers to seek alternative connections. British media reported frustrated passengers at St Pancras station in London whose New Year's Eve plans were at risk of falling through.

According to train operator South Eastern Railway, the flooded section of track consists of two tunnels running under the River Thames at Ebbsfleet station in Kent. Both were closed due to flooding. This is the second time in ten days that Eurostar trains have been subjected to serious disruption, after Eurotunnel workers went on strike just before Christmas. (DAP/EPA)

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