Freight News, Rail, Road

Channel Tunnel service extended to south of France

[ September 20, 2021   //   ]

Following its announcement last week that it is to enter the unaccompanied freight market, Channel Tunnel shuttle operator Getlink says it is launching through services from Calais to Ashford, in partnership with CargoBeamer, which has opened a rail/road transfer terminal using a novel form of technology close to its Calais terminal. This would effectively extend the  rolling motorway service operated over the French railways from Perpignan in the south of France to Ashford. A second route from Domodossola, in the Alps region, to Calais will also be extended to Ashford after its launch in early October.Eurotunnel freight commercial director, Christian Dufermont, stated: “This partnership confirms our freight commercial strategy and is concrete proof of our customers’ increased interest in an unaccompanied cross-Channel service that helps decarbonise their logistic chains and improves flexibility.”

Chief business development officer of CargoBeamer, Nicolas Albrecht, added: “We value the cooperation between Eurotunnel and CargoBeamer as another crucial step in developing new relations around our recently opened terminal in Calais. Connecting Europe and the UK by environmentally friendly rail is highly important to achieve our mission of reducing the carbon footprint of the logistics industry.”