Chunnel drill paves way for reopening

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An emergency drill held in the Channel tunnel yesterday was a complete success, according to its operators, Eurotunnel, which is hoping for a resumption of rail services this week.

All of the 700 "passengers" were evacuated within two hours and 10 minutes of a simulated accident - five minutes longer than Eurotunnel's target of 125 minutes but within the period that could be considered successful, a spokesman said.

Roger Gale, MP for Thanet, claimed the exercise was rendered meaningless by the "wholly unrealistic conditions" in which it was conducted. Letters, page 13