Eurotunnel defends its actions

Eurotunnel has launched a strong defence of its actions during the problems in the Channel Tunnel last week, saying it had been unfairly criticised for how it reacted.

In a bulletin to its shareholders issued on Christmas, it said its customer, Eurostar, had been in an unprecedented crisis since last Friday, and Eurotunnel was not to blame for the temporary suspension of services on Eurostar trains.

Hundreds of passengers were trapped in the tunnel for hours when five high-speed trains became immobilised after extremely cold conditions in northern France led to snow affecting their electronics. Passengers later spoke of nightmare conditions of cold and hunger.


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