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Eurostar defends itself after fault

Eurostar defended itself after the breakdown of a Paris-to-London train on Sunday evening in which hundreds of passengers were stranded in darkened carriages for hours. Richard Brown, chief executive of the cross-Channel operator, said: “There was extra water and food already on the train when the rescue [train], which got there pretty quickly, arrived and the passengers were taken off in about an hour and 20 minutes.” The failure was the latest problem to hit the firm after five separate trains failed to complete their journeys in the channel tunnel on 18 December.