Eurotunnel: normal Channel tunnel services resume after ‘migrant activity’ | World news | The Guardian

Holidaymakers endured delays of up to five hours on one of the busiest travel days of the year after “migrant activity” caused major disruptions on the French side of the tunnel.


The tunnel operator said late on Saturday it had now all but cleared the logjam, had carried all of the traffic expected on Saturday, and that just a few passengers were waiting at its Folkestone terminal, with services expected to be good overnight.


John Keefe, a spokesman for Eurotunnel, said the company hoped that less freight traffic travelling from overnight would mean fewer disruptions from migrants, allowing a regular service to return by the morning.


Eurotunnel had no delays before check-in, but due to an earlier incident there was still a 30-minute wait at the terminal itself. Services from the French side were running to schedule.


Eurotunnel has said it expects to clear its backlog of passengers to France during Saturday night and that normal services through the Channel tunnel will resume on Sunday morning.



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