BELGA/LEGASSE

London-bound Eurostar train breaks down 10 minutes out of Brussels

A Eurostar train that left Brussels for London just before 11am on Wednesday morning broke down no more the 10 minutes after setting off.  A Thalys train bound for Paris was also affected. The train carrying hundreds of passengers has been stationary near Tubize (Walloon Brabant) since 11am. To make matters worse the technical fault has left the train without any air conditioning. The issues have been caused by supply problems to overhead power cable.  

A number of passengers have expressed their displeasure and the high temperatures inside the train carriages. One of those suck on the train the train is Professor Paul De Grauwe, who lectures at the London School of Economics.  

Professor De Grauw said "We have been given water, because otherwise it would become unbearable her. People are starting to take their clothes off. They have told us that another train will come from Brussels to pick us up, but we’re still waiting”.

A Thalys train bound for Paris is also stuck. The incident has caused delays and cancellations to high speed international services