Breakdown halts train in tunnel

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Passengers in a Channel tunnel evacuation rehearsal were later delayed by a real breakdown. The power failure, affecting the overhead line feeding the pounds 23m Eurostar train, was the third reported breakdown in the tunnel in the five weeks since it opened.

Eurotunnel said the delay 'was not too long and it was decided that there was no point in evacuating'. The passengers included members of British and French railway inspectorates and safety experts.