Fresh Eurostar cancellations cause misery for New Year travellers

LONDON: Eurostar trains were cancelled on Saturday (Dec 30) due to flooded tunnels in southern England, causing misery for New Year travellers in the second major disruption in 10 days.

The latest cancellations follow a wildcat strike by French unions days before Christmas and weather warnings from the UK’s Met Office for rain, snow and ice across large parts of the country.

Hundreds of travellers were left stranded at London’s St Pancras station after Eurostar cancelled all services until at least 4pm.

Newly-weds Nicole Carrera, 29, and her husband Christopher, 31, visiting from New York said their plans to spend New Year’s Eve at Disneyland Paris had been “ruined”.

“Now we won’t get into Paris tomorrow until about 6pm,” Carrera said, adding that instead they would just walk around the French capital.

Another couple, Christina David, 25, and Georgina Benyamin, 26, from Sydney, had planned to make Paris their final stop in Europe before flying home.

David said she felt “frustrated, angry, sad”, adding that “there were lots of people crying” and that they now had nowhere to stay.

The services were cancelled after tunnels near Ebbsfleet International station in Kent were flooded.

Eurostar runs services from London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam via Ashford, midway between London and the southern English coast.

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