Cross-channel train services resume for Christmas holidaymakers as French strikes end

Holidaymakers heading to the continent for their Christmas holidays will start resuming their journeys after a strike in France brought rail services to a halt.
Thousands were left stranded on both sides of the Channel when the French workers rejected an end-of-year bonus pay offer.

Services affected included the Eurostar, which runs passenger services to and from London St Pancras, and also Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which runs vehicle-carrying trains to and from Folkestone.

Image: Passengers at Gare du Nord after their arrival from London
At least 30 Eurostar trains were cancelled, with many trains turning back to where they started.
Eurotunnel said: “Eurotunnel management and trade union representatives have reached an agreement at the end of a day marked by strike action which led to the closure of the terminals and the interruption of services since midday.

“This agreement means that LeShuttle services will resume progressively this evening and Eurostar tomorrow morning.”
Getlink, the company that manages and operates the infrastructure of the Channel Tunnel, said trade unions had rejected a €1,000 (£866) bonus proposed by management.
The union had demanded for the amount to be trebled.


Source : Sky News