Fourth Delay on High-Speed Channel Tunnel Train
LONDON (AP) _ The high-speed train through the Channel Tunnel suffered a fourth delay on Tuesday - with 400 invited guests aboard.
The Eurostar train, heading for Brussels from London, had to switch tracks in the tunnel because of a signaling fault.
The hitch caused the train to slow to 40 mph from the normal through-tunnel speed of 100 mph, meaning the journey through the tunnel took 31 minutes instead of the scheduled 20 minutes.
The train arrived in Brussels 17 minutes late.
″This was nothing serious but it did slow us down a bit,″ said Malcolm Southgate, deputy managing director of European Passenger Services, Eurostar’s British arm.
The trains, operated by the national railroads of Britain, France and Belgium, are to open to the public on Nov. 14.
On Friday, a train carrying VIPs through the Channel Tunnel broke down, stranding passengers, including Eurotunnel’s co-chairman Sir Alastair Morton, for 2 1/2 hours.
The previous day, Eurostar had to use a replacement train to take a group of journalists from London to Paris. On Oct. 14, another train died on the tracks in southeast England.