17pc rise in trucks using channel tunnel

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Trucks using the channel tunnel rose by 17 per cent to 363,028 in the third quarter, according to Eurotunnel.

However, tonnage of goods carried as rail freight fell nine per cent to 297,139 tonnes despite a two per cent rise in the number of trains.

Revenue for the third quarter was up 13 per cent to € 274.6m.

Chairman Jacques Gounon said: “This summer, on the back of a dynamic first half year, Eurotunnel again set new traffic records. Our flexibility enabled us to provide an excellent quality of service and to attract new customers away from the airlines. We are confident in our activity levels for the end of the year, while always remaining vigilant due to the nature of the current economic environment”.

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