Eurotunnel orders new freight shuttles to meet growing demand

Eurotunnel orders new freight shuttles to meet growing demand

To enable it to reach a target of transporting two million trucks per year by 2020, Eurotunnel has announced the order of three new freight shuttles to add to the 15 in its existing fleet. The move is fuelled by the continuing expansion of the UK economy and increasing cross-Channel traffic flows.

These additions to the fleet will enable Eurotunnel to increase its capacity by 20% and to run up to eight departures per hour at peak, compared to the current six.  The €40 million order has been placed with WBN Waggonbrau Niesky GmbH.

The new shuttles will be built using the latest technology to ensure that energy efficiency and strength are coupled with reliability: they will be fully interoperable with the existing shuttles.  Delivery is set for the end of 2016 and early 2017.

The order for three new shuttles is supported by a €30 million programme of investments in the expansion of the terminals in Folkestone and Coquelles which will ensure the fluidity of traffic across the Eurotunnel site.

Michel Boudoussier, Chief Operating Officer – Concession of Groupe Eurotunnel stated: “As the world leader in the rolling motorway industry, Eurotunnel has been able to draw upon its 20 years of experience in the design of these third generation Shuttles.  The consultation that we led confirmed that we are at the leading edge of railway development.”