Eurostar passengers have been forced off a train in scorching heat after an overhead power supply failure in Belgium.
Travellers said they were stuck in 104F heat with no air-conditioning after the high-speed train came to a stop near Halle, before they were finally evacuated at the side of the track.
The rail firm has promised to send a rescue train to pick them up but passengers said they had been waiting two hours to be rescued.
‘Babies are ill, people are fainting. We were promised a rescue train. It’s been two hours,’ said one furious customer, comedian Katy Brand.
Eurostar passengers have been forced off a train in scorching heat after a power failure in Belgium
Passengers shelter under a bridge, some of them sitting on the steps of the high-speed train, after it came to a stop in Belgium
Pictures showed passengers sheltering under a bridge in Belgium after the high-speed train was evacuated.
Eurostar says they will be taken back to Brussels-Midi station and rail staff have promised to ‘take care of them’ when they are back in the Belgian capital.
At least two trains have been cancelled and Eurostar is telling passengers ‘not to travel unless necessary’ on the Brussels route.
Sales on the route have been closed and passengers at London St Pancras also voiced their anger after their trains were affected by the disruption in Belgium.
These passengers were evacuated after their train came to a stop in Belgium in scorching heat
‘We apologise for the inconvenience and we thank you for your patience,’ a statement on Eurostar’s website said.
‘We expect traffic to resume later but we expect significant delays. We’re advising people not to travel unless necessary and offering free exchanges on their tickets or refunds,’ the rail firm said.
No reason has been given for the power failure, but the high-speed trains draw electricity from overhead power lines which could have been damaged.
Trains between London and Paris are not believed to be affected.
More to follow.