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Eurostar service back on track after fire alert

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-15

Eurostar's passenger rail services between Britain and Europe resumed Saturday after a fire alert brought traffic to a standstill. Smoke drifting from a shuttle transporting trucks triggered the alarm shortly after 6:00 a.m. UK time (GMT +01).

AFP - Eurostar passenger rail services between Britain and continental Europe resumed Saturday, a spokeswoman told AFP, following a stand-still triggered by a fire alert.

"The traffic is resuming now, we have received authorisation from Eurotunnel. But we expect a knock-on effect on the schedule," the spokeswoman said.

Channel Tunnel rail services had been suspended after a fire alert caused by smoke.

The incident happened shortly after 0600 GMT, said a spokeswoman for Eurotunnel, which runs freight services through the under-sea rail link.

"There was some smoke emanating from a shuttle transporting trucks. Within 10 minutes all passengers were evacuated into the service tunnel," she told AFP.

Eurotunnel indicated they too hoped to resume services later Saturday.

Date created : 2010-05-15

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