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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #45 on: September 11, 2008, 10:16:42 PM »
Poor people, I was in Disney when the London bombings happened. Thankfully the service was back to normal when we left the next day, apart from the security checks, but they were understandable. I don't know what happened to the people due to travel back that day as all Eurostar services were cancelled and I know most travel insurance policies don't cover acts of terrorism.
The security in France was terrific, they had staff and police checking your passport. Another staff member and another police officer checking your tickets. We had our bags x-rayed and sniffed by a dog and we were frisked. Then we were led down in groups of about 10 to the platform. In total the train was delayed by almost two hours, but no one minded, obviously.
After all this can you believe that we had not one check of any kind when we got into London! I know they trust the French staff to do their job, but a day after the attacks, really?  :evil:
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #46 on: September 11, 2008, 10:18:19 PM »
Just got in, walking through St Pancras was interesting. It was heaving with people trying to get to France and Belgium and the platforms were empty - eerie stuff.
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #47 on: September 11, 2008, 10:47:13 PM »
im off to dlrp this sunday so im hoping this doesnt carry on until then...otherwise ill be deep in le merde'
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #48 on: September 11, 2008, 11:34:24 PM »
If travel insurence paid for a hotel i would book myself right into the president suite :P

glad its off season, imagine if this was july/august, hotels/train station would be chaos!

BBC ticker just said "ALL traffic is closed in tunnel and 70 fire fighters have been taken from kent and sent down the tunnel"

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But funnily enough, there's something else in the news about Air France looking at rivalling Eurostar with a new train service when they (finally!) lose the monopoly on the tunnel in 2010. That could be good for DLRP, since they already have an agreement on providing flights...
I want virgin to do it so i can go from train station 10 mins away straight to DLRP :P
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #49 on: September 11, 2008, 11:47:46 PM »
Fingers crossed the tunnel is open when i go in 11 days....

I'm preparing to swim across the channel lol.
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #50 on: September 11, 2008, 11:53:00 PM »
in all fairness if its not running by saturday ill b suprised...and worried lol! they r hoping to have it rolling again tomoz evening
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #51 on: September 11, 2008, 11:54:17 PM »
This is from the BBC:

"Meanwhile, passengers waiting to board trains at London's St Pancras International terminal were told to come back on Friday morning when they will be boarded onto trains on a first-come first-served basis. Long queues formed as passengers tried to get information."

Mmmmm, first come first serve, I think that might cause a little bit of chaos!
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #52 on: September 12, 2008, 12:13:38 AM »
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This is from the BBC:

"Meanwhile, passengers waiting to board trains at London's St Pancras International terminal were told to come back on Friday morning when they will be boarded onto trains on a first-come first-served basis. Long queues formed as passengers tried to get information."

Mmmmm, first come first serve, I think that might cause a little bit of chaos!

BBC news says that the fire is still going and wont be open until at LEAST midday (predict about 19:00)
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #53 on: September 12, 2008, 12:15:17 AM »
On the Eurostar website it says that they will not be running trains tomorrow.
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #54 on: September 12, 2008, 01:13:37 AM »
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Quote from: "jeakat24"
This is from the BBC:

"Meanwhile, passengers waiting to board trains at London's St Pancras International terminal were told to come back on Friday morning when they will be boarded onto trains on a first-come first-served basis. Long queues formed as passengers tried to get information."

Mmmmm, first come first serve, I think that might cause a little bit of chaos!

BBC news says that the fire is still going and wont be open until at LEAST midday (predict about 19:00)

Sorry, was looking at the report, not the news ticker  :oops: Should know better really, training to be a journalist  :oops:
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #55 on: September 12, 2008, 01:59:16 AM »
I guess they could open the tunnel not affected by the fire... perhaps... but that'd be a bit chaotic.  If they really can reopen the whole tunnel this weekend after a big fire it shows just how amazingly it was designed and built.

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I want virgin to do it so i can go from train station 10 mins away straight to DLRP :P
Yes!! Though that would be incredible but impossible I think, since the "continental loading gauge" that the tunnel, new High Speed 1 line and all TGVs use is different to the UK. [/geek] We'll have to wait till they build a High Speed 2... (When DLRP is celebrating its 150th Anniversary, probably...)
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #56 on: September 12, 2008, 09:18:42 AM »
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Yes!! Though that would be incredible but impossible I think, since the "continental loading gauge" that the tunnel, new High Speed 1 line and all TGVs use is different to the UK. [/geek] We'll have to wait till they build a High Speed 2... (When DLRP is celebrating its 150th Anniversary, probably...)

I cannot say much as it is not in the public domain, but if current thinking continues, then it will be ready by DLP's 30th.
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #57 on: September 12, 2008, 09:53:18 AM »
this whole channel tunnel affair has me extremely worried for my trip come sunday...if the system IS up and running by then on 50% efficency then i cant guarantee which train i could get on lol
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #58 on: September 12, 2008, 12:38:55 PM »
OMG I really do hope the services resume for all the families travelling in the next few days. Good luck
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Re: Fire shuts Channel Tunnel traffic
« Reply #59 on: September 12, 2008, 05:00:22 PM »
at least it wasn't worse if you ask me, this is a fantastic utility and it'd be a shame to see a worse fire.

It should be open soon, i hope.

Also High Speed 2 is in planning i hear  :wink:
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