Eurostar and Other Rail Firms Warn of Continued Delays and Major Disruption as Trains Resume
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Eurostar and Other Rail Firms Warn of Continued Delays and Major Disruption as Trains Resume

31 December 2023
2 min.
Eurostar and Other Rail Firms Warn of Continued Delays and Major Disruption as Trains Resume

Riding the Rails of Turmoil

Eurostar and other rail services face disruptions impacting travel to and from major European cities. While services to Paris, Brussels, London, and Amsterdam are assured, passengers should expect delays and crowded stations.

Eurostar Cancellations and Chaos

Eurostar canceled trains to and from London St Pancras, leaving travelers stranded. Many had to quickly rearrange plans, opting for last-minute flights, ferries, or road journeys. A burst pipe near Ebbsfleet in Kent further complicated the situation.

Eurostar's Response and Continuing Challenges

Eurostar stated services would resume after the issue was "brought under control," but only one tunnel is operational. Speed restrictions may cause delays, and stations could be "very busy." Southeastern and Thameslink rail services also anticipate serious disruptions.

Thameslink Challenges and New Year's Eve Disruptions

Thameslink faces "major disruption" until early January due to a "shortage of train crew." Services between Bedford and London, Brighton and London, and Three Bridges and London will be severely affected. No overnight services are available for those returning from New Year celebrations.

Reassurance and Apology

HS1, responsible for the track between London and the Channel Tunnel, assures Eurostar will be operational. They apologize for the inconvenience during this crucial time.

Weather Clarification

The Met Office rules out bad weather as the cause of the tunnel flood. A traveler, Matthew Hulls, shares his devastating experience, highlighting the broader impact on passengers.


This disruption follows a recent Christmas strike, emphasizing rail service vulnerability during peak travel periods. As New Year's Eve approaches, potential road journey disruptions loom due to adverse weather. Travelers are advised to stay informed amid ongoing rail challenges.

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