Channel Tunnel reopens after fault in overhead lines

The Channel Tunnel has fully re-opened after electrical supply problems but delays to rail services continued on Tuesday.

There was major disruption on Monday when an overhead power cable was damaged and one tunnel remained closed until just after midday yesterday.

Services are now running through both the main tunnels but there were delays of up to an hour on Eurostar after four trains were cancelled on Tuesday.

A Le Shuttle train, carrying 382 passengers in their cars, was the first train to be affected, coming to a halt in the tunnel early on Monday morning due to a fault with overhead lines in the tunnel occurred.

Cables were damaged for several hundred metres and had to be replaced, according to the BBC.

Repairs were carried out throughout the night and Eurotunnel had hoped to complete the work by the morning and have services running normally on Tuesday.

But the work continued into the morning and it was only after midday that the affected tunnel was re-opened.

Eurotunnel said it still managed to carry 4,860 passenger vehicles and 2,284 trucks through the tunnel on Monday, despite the problems. 51 Eurostars and six freight trains also went through the tunnel.

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