Eurotunnel services return to normal after eight-hour delays

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Eurotunnel services are returning to normal after passengers were urged to postpone their journeys overnight.

Passengers had faced waits of about eight hours on trips from the UK terminal, while Eurostar services were also delayed, after a track fault.

The cross-Channel services were forced to share one track while specialists carried out repairs on the broken rail.

Eurotunnel passenger services are now operating to schedule. Eurostar's trains are expected to run on time.

Queues of traffic built at the UK terminal on Sunday night, causing long delays near junction 11a of the M20.

Some 11,000 cars had been expected to use the tunnel on Sunday, but Monday should see "lower traffic", Eurotunnel said.

Passengers travelling from Folkestone to Calais had faced wait times of around 90 minutes before check-in, plus six-and-a-half hours waiting in the terminal.

Lorry drivers also had to wait to get onto trains from France to the UK.

Extra trains were added to reduce delays while the rail works were carried out and later finished overnight.

Eurostar said compensation would be available to passengers whose journeys were delayed by more than an hour.

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