Eurostar suffer another train breakdown

Eurostar suffered another setback on Sunday night after hundreds of passengers were stranded when a train from Paris broke down on its way to London.

British Transport Police said a rescue train was sent out to pick up about 700 passengers after the Eurostar train stopped near Ashford in Kent at around 10pm.

Eurostar said they had sent a rescue train to rescue the stranded passengers and this had taken just over an hour to reach the broken down train.

Eurostar said the train stopped following a major technical problem which had not yet been identified.

A Eurostar spoksman said "We have put everything in position so that people who need to get taxis or people who need hotels are taken care of. Our priority is to make sure our passengers are looked after."

Eurostar said all other services were running normally and a later Eurostar train had passed the broken down train without incident.

The later breakdown will be a blow to Eurostar which was heavily criticised after a series of train breakdowns during heavy snow in December.

A further train broke down in January leaving passengers stranded in the Channel Tunnel for more than an hour.

An independent investigation into the pre-Christmas travel chaos criticised the company this month for failing to adequately protect the train’s engines from the winter weather.

In the previous incidents, the trains are believed to have failed as they left the cold air in northern France and entered the warmer air inside the tunnel, causing snow which had entered through the engine air vents to melt.

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