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Le Shuttle to boost freight capacity by a third

[ July 7, 2014   //   ]

Eurotunnel broke ground on its Terminal 2015 project to increase truck capacity at its French and English terminals on 7 July.

Chairman and CEO Jacques Gounon, laid the first stone on the Coquelles freight terminal on a scheme that would boost capacity from 1.5 to 2 million trucks per year in the next ten years.

The first phase will bring a buffer parking zone, enabling rapid transit and an easier access to the check in area, which will be increased from two lanes to five. The new layout will allow an increase from six departures per hour to eight. Onsite capacity will increase with the addition of a 370-place secure parking area alongside the Coquelles terminal. Infrastructure, mobility and services group Sanef will provide new technology to the new parking area.

A similar project will shortly begin in Folkestone, Kent, with extra access lanes and a new, enhanced check in plaza.