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Published on : Wednesday, December 2, 2015
A suspected arson attack disrupted Eurostar services between London and Brussels after signalling cables were set alight by the attackers. Passengers had to wait in long queues at St Pancras Station after several trains were cancelled or delayed after the vandalism.
It was called “a serious attack” by Belgian railway operator Infrabel, who said cables were set on fire at four locations near the town of Ath, close to the French border. Infrabel spokesman Frédéric Sacré said: “We initially thought the cables had been stolen, but that wasn’t the case. This was a deliberate act of vandalism against the signaling system.”
Six services between London and Brussels – via Lille in northern France – were initially canceled after trains were diverted onto slower tracks.
Passengers whose trains were still running earlier today were told to expect delays of up to two hours.
A Eurostar spokesman said it hoped the disruption would clear before Monday evening but warmed that normal service was dependent on the high-speed line being restored.
Eurostar passengers have been asked to expect delays of up to an hour Tuesday night. Belgian police are examining the locations where the Eurostar line was ruined.