Eurostar: Passengers blocked for eight hours

Hundreds of Eurostar passengers endured a nightmare journey across the Channel on Thursday night after a power cut left them stranded on board their trains for almost eight hours.

Eurostar: Passengers blocked for eight hours
Journeys from hell: Eight hours stuck on a Eurostar...File photo: Eurostar

Almost 1,300 passengers travelling on the Cross-Channel service were blocked for several hours overnight near the northern French city of Lille, according to reports.

One train from Brussels to London carrying 600 passengers, stopped at around 8pm between Calais and Lille and remained there until around 4.40am when a locomotive train arrived to move the train on.

Another train from London to Paris with almost 700 passengers was also stranded in northern France for more than six hours.

Several passengers tweeted out about their nightmare journey.

"Stuck on the Eurostar for four hours, ten minutes from Lille. No News. The driver must have been eaten by the passengers," tweeted one frustrated passenger, who tried to make light of the hellish journey.

The power cut naturally had an impact on the Eurostar traffic heading across the Channel. Those passengers affected have been promised a refund and will receive a free return trip, a Belgian news site reported.

The company was forced to apologise to customers and promised services would return to normal on Friday morning.

“Sorry for the very long delays due to an issue with one of the power lines,” the company said in a Tweet at 5:40am.

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