Flooding in the south of England: all Eurostar trains cancelled

All Eurostar trains to and from London are cancelled for Saturday 30 December, the railway company announced on its website. "Due to the flooding of a tunnel on the high-speed line near London, we have to cancel all our trains on our line to/from London on Saturday 30 December," Eurostar wrote.

Passengers gather at the departure gates of the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras International Station after services were cancelled due to a flooded tunnel, in London, December 30, 2023. REUTERS - BELINDA JIAO

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With our correspondent in London, Sidonie Gautier

In the middle of the New Year's Eve weekend, a section of the Eurostar lines near London was closed due to difficult weather conditions. Thousands of people are stranded and have to find an alternative solution for the organization of their New Year's Eve.

It's chaos again at St Pancras station, on a day of great departure.

After a surprise strike on the weekend of the Christmas departure, it is now a flood that causes the cancellation of all Eurostar trains.

According to the Daily Telegraph, at least 7,000 people would be affected by the cancellations.

This time, the problem is not with the Channel Tunnel, but with two tunnels under the Thames that have become impassable in the south of England.

No trains can therefore run between Paris and London, but also between Amsterdam and Brussels.

The flooding is also disrupting South Eastern Railway trains, which said "disruptions are expected throughout the day".

As with the disruptions that occurred on Christmas Eve, passengers have the option to exchange or cancel their tickets. Many passengers had opted for alternative solutions such as buying a plane or bus ticket in extremis.

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