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Olympics boost for Eurotunnel truck traffic

Cross-Channel operator Eurotunnel has reported a 20% increase in truck traffic through the Channel Tunnel during the first half of 2012. The firm says it ran 731,101 truck shuttles during the period, compared to 608,632 in the first half of 2011.

It says there was 3% growth in the market in the first half of the year for cross-Channel trucks and adds that its own market share increased slightly, due in part to the cessation of SeaFrance operations late last year.

Eurotunnel attributes some of the revenue uplifts in the first half of the year to a pre-Olympic Games volume uplift and adds that “significant peaks” of traffic are now expected during the Games themselves.

In terms of rail freight, there was a 10% fall in the number of freight trains passing through the tunnel to 1,154 and a 14% fall in the quantity of freight carried to 609,555 tonnes.

Eurotunnel says this was due to the impact of short-term transportation of steel during the first six months of the year and the introduction of an extra toll on rail freight operators passing through the tunnel by Réseau Ferré de France, which it says “has slowed the momentum of growth of rail freight traffic”

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