Eurotunnel has ordered three new freight shuttles totalling €40 million, adding to the 15 shuttles already in its fleet. The expansion will increase the operator's capacity by 20% and allow it to run up to eight departures per hour at peak, compared with six currently.
The order is intended to assist Eurotunnel in transporting 2 million trucks per year in 2020. Each shuttle (which will be built by WBN Waggonbrau Niesky GmbH) will be 800 metres long and will have 32 carrying wagons, three loader wagons and a carriage to transport the truck drivers.
Delivery is expected at the end of 2016 and into early 2017.