Le Shuttle freight daily high adds to Getlink success
Le Shuttle cross-Channel rail freight service recorded an all-time high for daily traffic in January, transporting 7,023 trucks in both directions. This is up three per cent on the previous record from March 2008.
The record-breaking transport on January 25 was made possible, says operator Getlink, by the commissioning last year of three new third generation freight shuttles. The increased capacity they provide enables seven departures per hour in each direction. With a load factor of 80 per cent, this was an ‘optimal service’ for a day which had a very heavy demand.
Getlink, formerly known as Eurotunnel), recorded a four per cent rise in revenues for 2017, up to 1,033 billion Euros. The revenues of Europorte, Getlink’s dedicated rail freight arm and the third biggest operator in France, were up by two per cent to 118.5 million Euros.
Jacques Gounon, Chairman and CEO of the Getlink Group, said: “Despite the uncertanties surrounding Brexit, the Group has delivered a four per cent growth in revenues and has once again demonstrated the strength and balance of its economic model, no matter the circumstances.”