Eurotunnel celebrates the arrival of the 300 millionth person to travel through the Channel Tunnel since the start of commercial services in June 1994, the equivalent to almost five times the population of the United Kingdom.
Given that the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) STIs) have applied since early 2012 to freight trains travelling through the Channel Tunnel, the Eurotunnel Group and Alstom held tests during the night of September 29th to 30th with Alstom’s new generation of Prima II locomotives in order to validate its compatibility with Channel Tunnel systems and security standards.
With continuing high traffic levels throughout the summer, Eurotunnel has maintained the excellent quality of service, which it offered to its customers during the Olympics, through the period of the Paralympic Games in London as well.
Following the retirement of Claude Lienard, Deputy Chief Executive officer responsible for Corporate Services, Emmanuel Moulin will take over this role.
Eurotunnel has prepared for the London 2012 Olympic Games with the addition of an extra half shuttle, to transport passenger vehicles through the Channel Tunnel. At the same time, the speed of the passenger shuttles has been increased to 160 kph (normally 140kph), reducing the crossing time to 30 minutes (normally 35 minutes).
Euro Carex* has achieved a major first: the first test of a high-speed freight train between Lyon St Exupéry airport and St. Pancras International Station in London, travelling via Paris Charles De Gaulle airport and the Channel Tunnel. This test demonstrates the efficiency, speed and environmental benefits of an intermodal transportation system combining air containers and high-speed rail network.
On July 18 2012, just a few days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Torch Relay will arrive at the Channel Tunnel Terminal in Folkestone and will travel through the 9 km section of the Tunnel between Folkestone and Samphire Hoe at the foot of Shakespeare Cliff.
In line with its ambition to innovate and to improve customer service, Eurotunnel, in partnership with the French mobile operators, will install a 2G (GSM 900,DCS1800) and 3G (UMTS 2100) GSM-P telephone system which will allow Le Shuttle and high speed passenger train customers to use their mobile telephones inside the Channel Tunnel, in time for the Olympic Games.
Eurotunnel has officially opened the new Centre International de formation ferroviaire de la Côte d’Opale, at Coquelles in the Pas-de-Calais. CIFFCO is a Groupe Eurotunnel subsidiary specialising in railway skills training and represents the first time a privately owned transport group has provided a training centre for all European railway operators, infrastructure managers and their subcontractors.
Revenue at Eurotunnel has defied the economic gloom in Europe to rise 16 per cent year-on-year. In total, the tunnel operator recorded revenues of €844.8 million.
Global Infrastructure, Eurotunnel and Allianz are among the frontrunners believed to be eyeing up the construction of Britain’s High Speed Two, after Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Transport, announced plans for the £33bn mega-project to be sold to private investors to raise funds.