Channel train's new breakdown
Saturday 22 October 1994
The failure, the third in eight days, left 400 passengers, including Sir Bob Reid, the chairman of British Rail, and Sir Alastair Morton, the joint chairman of Eurotunnel, stuck on the train at Calais station for two hours.
Passengers were eventually transferred to a replacement train and reached Paris two- and-a-half hours late. Last night engineers were investigating the mechanical failure which halted the train.
On Thursday another of Eurostar's trains, which was due to take 400 journalists to Paris, failed to leave Waterloo station because of a 'technical fault' - the vacuum circuit breaker malfunctioned. The journalists left an hour late.
Last Friday, a Eurostar train on a Paris-London test run broke down near Ashford in Kent because 'a number of systems failed simultaneously' - causing delays of up to 90 minutes to services.
A spokesman for European Passenger Serices, the UK arm of Eurostar, which will run the passenger-only services from London to Paris and Brussels from 14 November, said: 'There was a problem and it was decided to stop at Calais.'
He said the company was confident that it will offer a reliable service when it opens next month.
Sir Alastair put a brave face on the incident. 'There was a breakdown due to a mechanical teething problem,' he said, but 'they were astonishingly efficient in bringing up a reserve train to Calais. We had no other problems for the rest of the journey.
'I am very sympathetic to people with teething problems and Eurostar handled the situation very efficiently.'
Railtrack has launched an inquiry into how a busy commuter train was wrongly routed on to a line already occupied by another oncoming train on Thursday night.
The incident happened near Tunbridge Wells just a few miles from the scene of last weekend's fatal rail crash at Cowden in Kent.
Look beyond the usual shows for the best festive telly
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
The battle for control of Stieg Larsson's £30m legacy
French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
Ten best places to live in the UK: Hart in Hampshire takes top spot
Winter Solstice marks shortest day of the year
Burglar steals video tapes of child abuse, hands them into police
Paul Walker's daughter Meadow attends Justin Bieber Believe premiere
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
David Cameron takes his biggest gamble yet as he gets tough on Europe over immigration
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
- 1 Tim Sherwood challenges Daniel Levy to set out vision for Tottenham Hotspur’s future
- 2 French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 #Teamnigella: It’s the only side to be on
- 5 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- < Previous
- Next >
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Year 6 Teacher - Gilli...
Negotiable: Capita Education Resourcing Permanent Team: Teacher of English - S...
£59999 - £80001 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: A Top 10 firm in ...
£50000 - £75000 per annum + benefits + bonus: Harrington Starr: Project Manage...