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Delays continue after Channel Tunnel fire

Delays of up to two hours were expected on rail services between England and France today after a fire broke out in the Channel Tunnel on Saturday morning.

Passenger and freight services were suspended in both directions on Saturday after a fire on a freight train in the tunnel.

Trains did not resume through the tunnel until the early hours of Sunday, with delays of up to five hours later in the day.

A Eurotunnel spokesman told the BBC this morning: “We now have one tunnel operating at full capacity and two intervals of the other tunnel in service. I would expect one or two hours of delay to normal departure times.”

NCE deputy editor Alexandra Wynne told the BBC Today Programme this morning: “Unfortunately for Eurotunnel, lorry fires are the prime cause of fires they’ve had.

“This is a bad news story for engineers, but engineers are capable of designing out a number of risks. It is a case of how Eurotunnel will look at different systems from a cost point of view.”

NCE has approached Eurotunnel for comment and further explanation of the incident.


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