Monday 24th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Eurotunnel reveals freight ups and downs

Eurotunnel has reported a seven per cent fall in the number of trucks using its shuttle service in the first nine months of the year. However, the number of freight trains has increased by 11 per cent.

A total of 1,012,635 trucks used the shuttle in the first nine months of 2013, seven per cent down on 2012. Eurotunnel said this was due to the increase in capacity on ferry services between Dover and Calais.

Both the number of freight trains, at 1,909, and weight of cargo, 1m tonnes, were up by 11 per cent for the period. Eurotunnel identified increases in intermodal traffic and the transport of steel.

One year after the start of its services, MyFerryLink has achieved a 10 per cent market share of cross-Channel Short Straits freight traffic. 93,787 trucks used the service in the third quarter of 2013. Eurotunnel said this was a sign that the new French ship-owner has identified its client base with an offer that responds to the needs of the hauliers.