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Getlink – formerly Groupe Eurotunnel – said its unaccompanied freight service through the Channel Tunnel had seen a marked acceleration in growth since March, with more than 1,000 trailers carried.

The transport of trailers by the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Freight teams on the two chunnel terminals operates 24/7 and generates 40 times less CO2 than ferries, according to the company.

It said the service benefited from competitive advantages, including speed, ease and flexibility and was supported by the group’s customs knowledge for the border crossing using the Eurotunnel border pass.

Christian Dufermont, Getlink freight commercial director, said: “Our service is growing strongly because it answers the three principal challenges in the supply chain today: decarbonisation, lack of truck drivers and the sharp rise in the cost of fuel.”