Landslip hits Channel rail link

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A landslip in east London yesterday has created a large hole in the gardens of three houses directly above the Channel Tunnel rail link.

A landslip in east London yesterday has created a large hole in the gardens of three houses directly above the Channel Tunnel rail link.

The landslip, which left a hole measuring 25m by 60m in Lavender Street, Stratford, took place at around 5.30pm. The neighbouring streets have now been evacuated. They are close to where tunnelling work is being carried out for the new Channel Tunnel rail link between Ashford, Kent, and the new London terminal at St Pancras.

A spokeswoman for the Fire Brigade said the collapse was connected with the work on the rail link. There are no reports of casualties.

Engineers are also investigating why a Paris-bound Eurostar train broke down and 600 passengers on board were kept stranded in stifling conditions for five hours.

In desperation to get fresh air, passengers smashed the windows of the train as it came to a halt on a bridge just 15 minutes after leaving London's Waterloo station.

One passenger, Damian Schumaker, said: "It was outrageous. People were going pale, looking like they were going to faint. Babies were crying. The air conditioning stopped working as soon as the train did."

Eurostar said yesterday it did not know what had caused the fault to the braking system of the train, which was later towed back to Waterloo, where passengers were put up in a hotel overnight.

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