Snow forces Eurostar to cancel trains

City A.M. Reporter
EUROSTAR cancelled four trains yesterday due to bad weather and expects more problems just three weeks after powdery snow turned its rail link between Britain and France into a pre-Christmas undersea travel trap.

Snowstorms sweeping across southern England and northern France brought road and rail chaos, with Eurostar warning travellers of the same problems that left thousands stranded in the Channel Tunnel last month.

“Due to bad weather, certain services could be delayed or cancelled at the last minute,” Eurostar said in a statement.

Management decided on Tuesday night to cancel two trains linking Paris and London and two between London and Brussels, a spokeswoman said, adding that snow prevented many passengers reaching the stations.

Travellers were encouraged to swap yesterday’s bookings for another date.

A similar big chill gripped northern France in December and brought Eurostar trains to a three-day standstill, with the first breakdown leaving passengers stuck on the trains overnight for up to 16 hours.

Eurostar, operated by French rail company SNCF, its Belgian counterpart SNCB and British government-owned LCR, then said it was modifying its fleet to cope with powdery snow.

The failure was caused as trains moved from cold air outside into the warmer tunnel. Snow that had swirled into the trains then melted, causing condensation that affected electrical systems.