From BBC News – Kent Aug 4, 2010
Forgotten Eurotunnel passengers taken back to England
Eurotunnel is investigating after passengers were taken from Folkestone to France and back again without being able to get off the train.
Seven vehicles were left on the train on Saturday because staff forgot to unload one of the wagons.
The error occurred after a fuel spill meant one of the wagons was left empty.
When the train reached Calais, staff unloaded the front cars but did not realise there were more cars behind the empty wagon.
Train crews realised what had happened while they were on the way back to Kent and made an announcement but were not able to do anything until they got back to Folkestone.
The passengers, who had to wait a further two-and-a-half hours to reach their destination, have been given a refund and offered a ticket for the next time they travel.
At a conference to be held at the Westminster Hotel at Le Touquet on Saturday July 31, M. Edouard BRAINE, the Consul General of France in London will speak on the work his department is doing to encourage the development of a “frequent and cheap rail link” between Calais and Ashford through the channel tunnel.
M. BRAINE will also talk about the “Forgotten of St Pancras”, the tens of thousands of young French people for whom London and the UK labour market is the gateway into the globalized world.
M. BRAINE is a remarkable man who served in this region as a sous-prefet, before a distinguished career in the diplomatic service. His riding accident in 2002 rendered him quadraplegic, but he continues to serve his country in spite of a disability that would force most to retire. His present post in London brings him into contact with many of the issues facing British people travelling and working in France.
The conference is to be held in the halls of the Hotel Westminster, Le Touquet, on Saturday July 31 from 17h00 to 18h30, on the occasion of the General Assembly of UPRAT (Union des Proprietaires Residents et Amis du Touquet). Non-members are welcome to the conference but other elements of the meeting will be restricted to members.