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Migrant chaos shuts Channel Tunnel

By Joanne Sweeney

Published 24/06/2015

The Channel Tunnel was shut yesterday and services through it suspended as migrants caused chaos in Calais by attempting to board UK-bound lorries.

Train firm Eurostar said services were being cancelled and warned passengers not to go to stations after striking ferry workers broke into the tunnel.

Three trains stuck outside the tunnel on the English side had to return to St Pancras in London while other trains on the French side were taken back to Paris and Brussels. The disruption came as migrants tried to exploit wildcat strikes by French ferry workers.

Lorry drivers forced to slow or stop due to queuing traffic on approaches to the northern French port were faced with migrants attempting to clamber on board.

Hundreds of Eurostar passengers were left stranded at St Pancras International in London as they waited to find out if trains would resume.

Martin Nicholls tweeted: "Chaotic scenes in St Pancras from panicked travellers. Eurostar staff very visible and helping alleviate fraught scenes."

A Port of Dover spokesman last night said ferry services between Dover and Calais had resumed after the strike. But Operation Stack, where freight traffic is held on the coastbound carriageway of the M20, would remain in place.

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