Monday 20th Jan 2020 - Logistics Manager Magazine

DfT reveals details of £33m Eurotunnel payment

The Department for Transport has revealed the details of its £33 million settlement with Eurotunnel.

Eurotunnel took legal action against the government saying it had not been allowed to compete when the government awarded contracts to three ferry operators to provide additional freight capacity in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Under the settlement, the government will pay Eurotunnel in three annual instalments starting in April 2019 regardless of whether there is a Brexit deal or not.

Eurotunnel will use the money to upgrade its infrastructure to meet the greater complexities at the border following Brexit, including:

  1. projects to assist in access to the UK terminal;
  2. projects to assist in improving traffic flow on the UK terminal;
  3. projects to assist in enhancing and improving counter terrorism measures on, in and around the UK terminal
  4. projects to assist with making changes in border preparations;
  5. projects to assist in the development of rail freight traffic including the development of Dollands Moor to reduce operational dependency on the UK Channel tunnel terminal and increase resilience for Channel tunnel traffic.