Eurotunnel to curtail freight shuttle service

17th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 17 (AFP) - Eurotunnel, the French-British group that operates rail traffic under the Channel linking France and Britain, plans to reduce its freight shuttle service by 15 percent from January 1, the company said in a statement.

PARIS, Dec 17 (AFP) - Eurotunnel, the French-British group that operates rail traffic under the Channel linking France and Britain, plans to reduce its freight shuttle service by 15 percent from January 1, the company said in a statement.

Shuttle departures will be cut back from 71,000 to 60,000 a year, consistent with a re-drafted commercial strategy unveiled in late October.

Eurotunnel said the strategy was aimed at dissuading users from considering its shuttle service as a form of "insurance" on days when ships are unable to cross the Channel.

Freight clients, as part of an annual contract, will therefore have to inform the company in advance of their daily transport plans.

The aim is to favour regular clients over those who do not make advance arrangements and who risk paying a higher fee and waiting longer to board a shuttle.

Transporters without an annual contract would pay EUR 1,100 (USD 1,455) for a one-way ticket rather than the current rate of EUR 550.

© AFP

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