Channel Tunnel due to reopen fully by February

11 Dec 2008 by Sara Turner

Repairs continue to the damaged section of the Channel Tunnel, following a fire on a Eurotunnel freight train in September. Eurotunnel hopes to complete the work by February.

Train operator Eurostar will sell its amended timetable, which runs at 93% of the capacity available before the fire, until March 11. A speed restriction is in place to protect the safety of Eurotunnel workers, adding an extra 20 minutes to journey times.

According to Richard Brown, Eurostar chief executive, services are running well despite the restrictions. “About 90 per cent of our trains are achieving our punctuality target of arriving on time (ie early or within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time), which is close to the level we were consistently achieving prior to September’s incident.

“However, the reduced access to the tunnel means that any delay, however minor, can occasionally have knock-on effects from which it takes us longer than normal to recover.”

Eurotunnel is still investigating the exact cause of the fire.


Report by Sara Turner

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