2 April 2014

On board a Freight Shuttle travelling from Coquelles (France) to Folkestone, Eurotunnel recently celebrated carrying its 20 millionth truck since services began on 25 July 1994.

In 2013, the 15 Eurotunnel Freight Shuttles which operate all day, 365 days a year, carried almost 1.5 million trucks.

This significant traffic volume is, according to Eurotunnel's owners, testament to the competitive advantages of the Freight Shuttles, which provide a high frequency of departures, a reliable system and (at just 35 minutes) the fastest way to cross the Channel.

Although the Freight Shuttle service is used by more than 3000 major customers from every corner of Europe, the 20 millionth truck belongs to a regular user of the service: Emons Cargo BV, part of the Dutch Emons Group.

Commercial Director Eric Driessen said: "We have used the Channel Tunnel since its opening 20 years ago. We are frequent users and we are delighted and proud to have the 20 millionth truck to cross the Channel on board a Eurotunnel Shuttle. Eurotunnel enables us to meet the high service and sustainability standards demanded by our customers."

He said that it also helps Emons to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 40%.