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1,300 stranded for eight hours on Eurostar

Eurostar's new train at St Pancras station in London, 13 November 2014. Reuters/Andrew Winning

Some 1,300 Eurostar passengers were stranded in northern France for eight hours on Thursday night. Two trains - one from London to Paris, the other from London to Brussels - were stopped because of broken overhead power cables. 

"There were two broken power cables, which is extremely unusual," a Eurostar spokesperson said, adding that they were separated by only a few kilometres,

Two Eurostar trains that had come from London were stuck outside Lille overnight before being towed to Lille where passengers were given places in replacement trains to Paris and Brussels.

Six other trains were delayed.

Passengers travelling to Brussels spent about eight hours stranded on the train with no electricity and arrived at 6.00am in the Belgian capital, while passengers from London reached Paris Gare du Nord at 3.30am. 

All passengers will have their fare reimbursed and will receive free tickets for their next trip, Eurostar said on Friday.