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Channel Tunnel reopens after blaze but disruption continues

The Channel Tunnel reopened yesterday after last week's fire brought the service to a standstill. But disruption is set to continue with only a limited number of trains due to run.

Operator Eurostar said it was offering "a very restricted timetable with very few services, and intervals of several hours between some trains" and warned passengers to avoid travelling on the UK to France rail link unless essential.

From yesterday, 80 truck and passenger Shuttles, 24 Eurostars between London and Paris, 12 Eurostars between London and Brussels and six freight trains a day were expected to be running. Eurostar added that journey times would be "significantly longer".

The fire was extinguished last Thursday morning, 16 hours after catching in the northbound tunnel close to the French side.

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