LONDON (AA) – High-speed train services linking the U.K. to France and Belgium via the Channel Tunnel have been suspended due to smoke detection from a fire, Eurostar announced Saturday.
It added that it would run a “near normal” service on Sunday after the opening of one of the tunnels.
The operator said on its official Twitter account that all services were currently suspended, and all trains were returning to original stations as the Tunnel was closed until further notice.
“Following the announcement from (Channel Tunnel operator) Eurotunnel that it will be opening its south tunnel later this evening (Jan. 17), Eurostar can confirm that it will be running a near normal service on Sunday, Jan. 18,” according to the latest service update on Eurostar’s official website.
Eurostar services will be delayed for 30 to 60 minutes as the north tunnel will remain closed all day Sunday, it added.
Eurotunnel has confirmed that an earlier fire on a freight train in the Tunnel was quickly brought under control.
“A Tunnel inspection is currently underway and we anticipate that we will be resuming services this (Saturday) evening,” it said.
Eurostar, which started its operations in 1994, serves more than 20 million passengers a year.
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