UK-France trains hit by heatwave

2018-07-27 22:09
Britain sweltered through the hottest day of the year as an unusual heatwave wreaked havoc on transport and hospitals. (Gareth Fuller, PA via AP)

Britain sweltered through the hottest day of the year as an unusual heatwave wreaked havoc on transport and hospitals. (Gareth Fuller, PA via AP)

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Train service between Britain and France was hit by the heatwave on Friday, with passengers warned to expect delays and problems with the air conditioning.

"It's a very busy day, it's the day when everyone leaves on holiday," a said a spokesperson for Eurotunnel, which operates a drive-on train service for cars and trucks going through the Channel Tunnel.

"We are in a heatwave, and added to this is the problem of air conditioning in our shuttles."

The Channel Tunnel runs for 50km between Kent in southeast England and northern France. Opened in 1994, it is the world's longest uninterrupted undersea link.

"The high temperatures are affecting the operation of air conditioning on our trains resulting (in) delays. We recommend you stock up with drinking water before you arrive," Eurotunnel said on its Twitter account.

The hottest temperatures of the year in Britain were recorded on Thursday. The mercury hit 35.1°C in Wisley on the southwest edge of London.

On Thursday, Eurotunnel delays hit four to five hours.

On Friday, "we are at around one hour and 30 minutes, only on the British side. This is because all the shuttles are in service", the spokesman said.

Different services run through the Channel Tunnel: Eurostar passenger trains, Eurotunnel vehicle shuttles and goods trains.

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