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Eurotunnel to increase Channel Tunnel HGV capacity

  • 28 April 2014
  • By Chris Tindall

Expansion plans by Eurotunnel to allow an extra half a million HGVs through the Channel Tunnel every year should also remove the need for Operation Stack to be implemented, according to the operator.

Eurotunnel said it will increase capacity on the M20 motorway exit with four new lanes to support forecasted growth in the use of the tunnel.

Speaking to Eurotunnel employees, Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the treasury said: “I’m aware that in certain circumstances – problems with the ferries or exceptional peak demand – vehicles end up backing up onto the M20. And I’ve been told that Kent Police have to implement ‘Operation Stack’ on such occasions and use the M20 as a giant lorry park, which causes massive disruption across east Kent.

“So the expansion of your approaches will really benefit the local, regional and national economy.”

Peter Cullum, the Road Haulage Association‘s manager of international affairs, said Dover port was also planning to offer extra space to lorries: “They have both got plans to relieve the pressure and we would welcome that in principal. When trucks are parked up on the motorway, facilities are at a premium.

“However, we would like it to be compatible with what the local community wants as well.”

Truck shuttle traffic through the tunnel increased by 4% in the first quarter of 2014, compared with the same period last year.

Eurotunnel said it had performed well during the winter months, which was “generally more difficult for the transport sector.”


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