Light at the end of the Tunnel....22 January 2003

Contributed by localrags on Jan 22, 2003 - 06:23 AM

The latest figures from Eurotunnels latest trading figures have shown a big drop in the amount of rail freight it carried in 2002.

Last year's business figures show that rail freight tonnage carried by EWS (English Welsh and Scottish Railways) through the Channel Tunnel fell by 40 per cent.

This has been attributed almost exclusively due to the number of stowaways trying to get aboard its trains, causing cut back and even totally suspended services at some times.

But it is not all doom and gloom for Channel Tunnel traffic

The closure of the Sangatte Red Cross Centre together coupled with increased security at the Frethun rail freight depot near Calais have improved the situation, and EWS says it has not had any refugees trying to stowaway for four months.

Eurotunnel's operating revenues totalled £570 million last year, an overall increase of two per cent on the 2001 figure.