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Holidaymakers queue for Channel Tunnel for more than SEVEN HOURS due to power supply issue

Half-term holidaymakers on their way to the Channel Tunnel are stuck in queues for more than SEVEN HOURS due to power supply breakdown

  • Motorists have been stuff in traffic on M20 outside Folkestone for seven hours
  • Eurotunnel tweeted to tell passengers there was ‘overhead power supply fault’ in the Channel Tunnel
  • Comes as half-term holidaymakers hit roads and headed on European getaways 


Furious holidaymakers and lorry drivers heading to Europe have been left stuck in mile-long queues after the Channel Tunnel suffered an electrical fault.

Hundreds of motorists clogged the M20 near Folkestone for around seven hours today, unable to board trains for France.

Eurotunnel has confirmed that the delay has been caused by a ‘technical fault with the overhead power supply’.

Hundreds of motorists have clogged the M20 near Folkestone for around six hours today, unable to board trains to France

It comes as families headed for railway tunnel in Kent to start their October half term getaways on the continent

It comes as families headed for railway tunnel in Kent to start their October half term getaways on the continent

It is believed there was also a broken down train inside the tunnel which had to be evacuated. It is not known what caused this.

It comes as families headed for railway tunnel in Kent to start their October half term getaways on the continent. 

The aerial photos show a huge backlog of cars, vans and lorries at J11 on the coastbound side of the motorway.

The aerial photos show a huge backlog of cars, vans and lorries at J11 on the coastbound side of the motorway

The aerial photos show a huge backlog of cars, vans and lorries at J11 on the coastbound side of the motorway

Eurotunnel has confirmed that the delay has been caused by a 'technical fault with the overhead power supply'

Eurotunnel has confirmed that the delay has been caused by a ‘technical fault with the overhead power supply’

Angry motorists have complained of sitting in queues for hours without moving and having to resort to social media to find out why there were delays.

David Simpson tweeted Eurotunnel saying: ‘Booked for 10.20 am, arrived 12.45 due to delays reaching the terminal, its now 18.00 and no-one can tell us when we can leave. Chaos here, where are the personnel?’

Nathaniel Tapley commented: ‘Currently nine hours into an hour and a half drive. 

Angry motorists have complained of sitting in queues for hours without moving and having to resort to social media to find out why there were delays

Angry motorists have complained of sitting in queues for hours without moving and having to resort to social media to find out why there were delays

‘Children showing remarkable resilience for having been in the same #eurotunnel queue since half eight this morning.’

Eurotunnel has said it will conduct an investigation into the ‘technical incident’.

Drivers are advised to approach with caution and follow the diversion route in place – heading west bound on the M20, turning at J10 and returning. 

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