Two services were forced to turn back after those on board had endured long delays at the French port. Another London-bound train was unable to get back to Paris due to a technical fault. Some passengers complained they had been abandoned the early hours of the morning as they waited for alternative transport.
Police had been called to Calais just before 9pm to reports of people on the tracks at the crossing, with hundreds of Cam Neely Jersey passengers stuck on carriages for hours while the trespassers were removed. Some travellers said they had seen migrants on top of other trains, and complained of their frustrations at the delays and re-routes.
One passenger on the 9055 train from Paris to London told of his anger on learning that he had to wait on alternative transport, having already been re-routed back to the French capital. tweeted: We’ve been abandoned on a platform somewhere the cold with NO INFORMATION. Eurostar apologised saying: It be possible for another train to be sent to you. We appreciate it is very late now and everyone must be very tired.
A number of passengers said they saw or were told of migrants the area. Lucy from London posted online: the trespassers are on the roof of the train front of us. Gentry said: On a Eurostar apparently ‘surrounded by migrants’. Been asked to ‘listen out for people walking on the roof’ while we wait for the police. Conor Maples wrote: Our Eurostar has been stopped outside Calais. Train manager told us there are migrants on the roof. Police are now here. Very very sad. A spokesman for Eurostar said passengers hoping to travel later this morning should expect a normal service.
But he added that two trains have been cancelled order to ensure the service is as robust as possible. The crossing at Calais has been plagued with problems all summer amid a growing migrant crisis. Many migrants are stationed at a Carl Soderberg Jersey camp near the port and on several occasions have broken into the Tunnel and climbed aboard lorries or trains attempt to get to the UK. Eurostar said it was sending empty train to Calais from London the early morning to pick up stranded passengers of the 9055 service. Traveller Mayes said he had far endured a nine-hour delay and described the operator’s apology as not good enough. He tweeted: Hungry, tired and fed-up people here. Not good, adding: children out the cold here. Disgusting. Related articles.