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Eurostar train 'stuck in tunnel'

A Eurostar train
In December 2,000 people were stranded in the tunnel for five hours

A Eurostar train broke down and was trapped inside the Channel Tunnel for two hours with traction problems.

The service, which had been due to arrive at London St Pancras from Brussels at 0856 GMT, arrived in Ashford at about noon.

Eurotunnel said a rescue engine towed the train out and the 234 passengers had heat and light at all times.

As a result, Eurostar is running a limited service. Only one train at a time is being allowed in the tunnel.

Eurostar said all of the passengers arrived at London St Pancras at about 1220 GMT.

The breakdown has caused freight delays through the tunnel, according to Eurotunnel.

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It said passenger services had not been badly hit as not as many people travel at this time of year.

A spokeswoman for Eurostar said it did not know what caused the fault and could not rule out snow being a factor.

In December more than 2,000 people were trapped inside the Channel Tunnel for hours after five trains suffered electrical failure due to freezing conditions.

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