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8 Jul

Eurotunnel passengers facing huge delays

Eurotunnel passengers facing huge delays

Eurotunnel passengers facing huge delays

Eurotunnel is experiencing huge delays on its services, resulting in travellers being delayed for hours on end.

It is believed that a fallen overhead wire is responsible for the delays, with the technical fault meaning that travellers are having to wait almost six hours to pass through the tunnel. While many could be in line for compensation due to the issue through their single trip travel insurance packages, it is causing heaps of unnecessary aggravation among families, whether they are setting off on their holidays or indeed heading home.

The fallen wire caused one of the trains to break down, with passengers forced to spend hours on the train before being evacuated. The passengers were transferred to the French terminal.

While the Channel Tunnel has been a popular travel route for holidaymakers since it first opened back in 1994, it has faced a series of problems along the way – most notably in 2009 when melting snow affected the trains’ electrical hardware, which left them stranded in the tunnel.

Delays of up to six hours

A statement from Eurotunnel read: “Our passenger service is currently operating with some timetable disruption, this is due to an incident in the Tunnel which is in the process of being resolved. There is a waiting time of approximately 60 minutes before check in and 5 hours on the terminal.” Although they offered their sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused, delays will stay until the issue has been fixed.

While work on the technical fault is being carried out, those looking to use the service throughout today are being warned to expect further delays while the problem is resolved.

This highlights the importance of booking your over 50s travel insurance cover through a reputable provider, meaning that you will be safely protected should any issues arise with your travel arrangements.

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