Eurostar passengers stranded in darkness for two hours

Author: By Beverley Rouse, Press Association

Last night’s 7.32pm Paris service and 7.34pm Brussels service from London St
Pancras were brought to a halt outside Lille, northern France, at around 9pm

Sara Forgione, 27, from Archway, north London, told the BBC: “We had to wait
in complete darkness for about two hours and then we had to walk the full
length of the train in complete darkness to eventually get off and make our
way to the buses.”

Around 460 passengers were taken to Brussels, Belgium, on a replacement bus
service, arriving several hours later than planned.

The Paris-bound train was towed into Lille station where some 500 passengers
were able to transfer to a replacement train.

Around 1,000 passengers have been offered refunds and will be given their
return trip for free.

A Eurostar spokesman said today: “Following a power supply problem near Lille,
northern France yesterday September 25, all Eurostar services are expected
to run.

“However, trains will be subject to delays of up to 30 minutes. Customers
are asked to check in as normal.”

It is the second power problem this week to affect Eurostar services.

Passengers fled when an overhead power line collapsed on Wednesday as a train
pulled into St Pancras.

Nobody was hurt but 11 Eurostar trains in and out of St Pancras were delayed
for between an hour and two hours.

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