Cars transported though Channel Tunnel for first time in five years


Rail minister Paul Maynard (pictured above) led the congratulations after a train transporting new cars from Bristol to Belgium travelled through the Channel Tunnel earlier this month. It was the first time in five years that this type of traffic has been carried via the tunnel, drawn by the need for reliable and secure transport for high-value merchandise.

Maynard said: “This is a great example of how the rail freight industry in the UK is continuing to offer real benefits for the environment and for UK businesses. The extensive security measures put in place last year by both the French and UK governments and Eurotunnel mean that customers now have confidence the Channel Tunnel site is secure and open for new business.”


The traction for the car train was provided by GB Railfreight, the rail freight subsidiary of Groupe Eurotunnel, working on behalf of European automobile transport specialist, STVA UK Ltd.


John Smith, managing director of GB Railfreight, said: “We are really proud to have added this new flow to our portfolio. There is huge potential to transport bulk items, such as cars, on rail and through the Tunnel, cutting carbon emissions and relieving congestion on our roads. We will continue to work closely with government and the industry to ensure that we unlock capacity on the rail network in order to support the true potential of freight.”