UK-France Channel Tunnel closed after smoke detected

Channel Tunnel connecting the UK and France has been shut down after smoke was detected, the tunnel operator introduced. Eurotunnel expects to renew car and freight companies later within the night. Eurostar trains had been additionally returned to authentic stations whereas drivers had been suggested to postpone deliberate journeys.

Preliminary studies say the supply of the smoke is a lorry on the French finish of the tunnel, in line with Kent police.

“A lorry fire has led to the closure of both bores of the Channel Tunnel,” police stated in an emailed assertion. “The fire was at the French end of the tunnel and is being dealt with by the French authorities.”

No accidents has been instantly reported within the incident, however rail passengers had been suggested to count on important delay whereas the car is being recovered and smoke clears.

“We are sorry but we are unable to run any further trains today because Eurotunnel has been closed due to smoke detected in the north tunnel,” Eurostar stated on Twitter.

“If you were planning to travel today, we advise you to postpone your journey and not to come to the station.”

The Channel Tunnel has been working since May 1994. It transports over 20 million passengers and 19 million tons of cargo yearly, in line with estimates.