Eurostar services resume as cause of flooded tunnel probed

LONDON: Eurostar warned customers travelling from London on Sunday (Dec 31) of potential delays after flooding forced the cancellation of all Saturday trains.

The first Eurostar train left London St Pancras International shortly after 8am.

Engineers had brought water in two tunnels in Kent in southern England under control meaning that at least one tunnel was useable, it said.

But Eurostar cautioned that “there will be some speed restrictions in place in the morning which may lead to delays and stations are expected to be very busy”.

The company operates services from London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

It announced late Saturday that all scheduled trains would run on Sunday after an estimated over 30,000 people were impacted by the last-minute cancellations.

Travellers were left stranded on mainland Europe while those at St Pancras scrambled to find hotel rooms or make alternative travel arrangements.

Some tourists said their New Year holiday plans had been “ruined”.

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