Pas­sen­gers in 14-hour train de­lay

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Unsolved Murders -

Pas­sen­gers on the Eurostar faced de­lays of nearly 14 hours af­ter sus­pected mi­grants tres­passed on the line in the Calais area.

All traf­fic through the Chan­nel Tun­nel was sus­pended tem­po­rar­ily on Tues­day night.

One Eurostar train was forced to re­main in Calais and trav­ellers were es­corted off the train.

For­mer KM jour­nal­ist Ian West, from near Hythe, was re­turn­ing home from France when the train he was on was stopped.

He said: “It left 15 min­utes late be­cause they said there was a fault. We got just out­side the tun­nel and were told mi­grants were try­ing to get on the train.”

Pas­sen­gers, who in­cluded young chil­dren and ba­bies, were told po­lice had been called and they ar­rived about an hour later.

Two hours later, they were told it was still not safe, and had to re­main on the car­riage.

Even­tu­ally the train started mov­ing and re­turned to Calais, and pas­sen­gers ex­ited the train.

At 5am, they were told a train was com­ing from Lon­don. Mr West ar­rived at Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional at 10am yesterday (Wed­nes­day).

A spokesman for Eurostar said: “All pas­sen­gers who were af­fected are able to ex­change their ticket us­ing Eurostar.com.”

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