Power-cut hits Marmaray tunnel

Istanbul's Marmaray subway train service, also known as the 'project of the century', was hit by a power-cut on its first morning after it was opened in a grand ceremony yesterday.

Power-cut hits Marmaray tunnel

World Bulletin / News Desk

After celebrations that were screened around the world on Tuesday, marking the opening ceremony of the world’s first undersea cross-continental commuter tunnel, which connects Istanbul’s Asian side to its European side, spirits were quickly dampened after a technical glitch early on Wednesday morning.

Passengers were left stranded as the tunnel experienced a brief power-cut at around 8AM local time on Wednesday. The power-cut lasted approximately three minutes. Commuters on their way to Sirkeci, on the European side, were forced off the train at Uskudar, on the Asian side.

Elevator stairs also failed to cope with the extreme weight load caused by the number of passengers. A number of people had to walk their way up.

Technicians are working to solve the problems experienced on the first day of the Marmaray service. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ekim 2013, 15:30