Eurotunnel’s Le Shuttle Freight service set an all-time record for daily traffic last week. The service transported a total of 7,023 trucks in both directions on the 25 January; an increase of 3% compared with the previous record. The previous record dates back to 13 March 2008, just before the financial crisis. Eurotunnel said the performance was made possible by the commissioning of three new, third generation freight shuttles last year, which had increased capacity and allowed more daily departures. […]
The DfT has declined to confirm the contents of a document sent to transport minister Andrew Jones by Kent County Council, which reportedly calls for nearly £300m of extra funding to be put into additional infrastructure to relieve the M20 during Operation Stack.
Transport organisations have welcomed news of a relaxation in enforcement of the driver’s hours rules today in light of recent problems for cross-Channel freight vehicles, but have been split in their reactions to the detail of the change.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has welcomed a call by the European Commission for France and the UK to address the issue of excessive Channel tunnel rail freight charges.