The company Eurostarwhich operates the trains that link the United Kingdom with continental Europe through the Eurotunnel, announced the cancellation of all your services this Saturday to and from London due to the closure of a track on its high-speed route due to a flood caused by storm.
”Due to the flooding of a tunnel on the high-speed line near London, we have to cancel all trains to and from London this Saturday, December 30,” Eurostar explained in a message on its social networks.
Likewise, he asked all travelers not to go to the stations unless they have exchanged their tickets for a train that will travel.
“We apologize for the impact caused and appreciate your understanding,” says the company, which had previously announced the suspension of morning trains, but had not yet commented on the rest of the services.
The HS1 company, responsible for the affected route, has explained that the staff has worked throughout the night to try to drain the water, but that the volume of water “is unprecedented”.
The problem has arisen near the Ebsfleet International station (east of London), in a tunnel under the River Thames that has flooded as a result of the storm of rain and wind that the United Kingdom is experiencing these days.
The Southeastern Railways company, which operates on those same tracks to link London with the southeast of England, has already warned that high-speed trains are “not expected” today between St Pancras and Ashford International (near the Eurotunnel).
Eurostar offers travelers three possibilities: change their train to another day, cancel the reservation and request a voucher that will be valid for 12 months or cancel the trip and obtain a refund.
Thousands of passengers star scenes of chaos at London station St Pancraswhere the Eurostar trains leave and arrive, on a day when many families had planned to travel to ring in the New Year in another country.
London station is currently overwhelmed by travelers who have not been able to travel to the European continent, including many visitors who were planning to visit Disneyland Paris, reports the BBC.
Simon Caldertravel editor The Independentdeclared to SkyNews that “many desperate people are paying hundreds of pounds for flightsothers are thinking about taking the bus.”
This is the second interruption of Eurostar services in less than ten days, after the company’s workers in France unexpectedly declared a “last-minute strike” on December 21.
There are also delays in Glasgow Airport.
The Met Office, the British meteorological institute, has issued the yellow alert for wind, rain and snowin most of the UK.
During Wednesday night, a tornado ripped off the roof of several houses In the town of Stalybridgenearly Manchesterin the north of England.
As reported on Thursday by the Police in a statement, there were “significant damage” in several properties in the area due to what they described as “localized tornado”which also left destruction to vehicles and trees in its wake.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)