Information published on 12 June 2012 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 296.

Eurotunnel: Amid the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a glittering record for Eurotunnel Le Shuttle - 26,000 tourist vehicles carried in one weekend

For the first time in its history Eurotunnel Le Shuttle has carried more than 10,000 tourist
vehicles in a 24 hour period between Folkestone (Kent) and Coquelles (Pas de Calais).

On Friday 1 June, the cross-Channel railway shuttle service transported 10,380 cars and 128 coaches. The previous record had been set on 26 July 2010, with 9,382 tourist vehicles being carried in a single day from England to the continent.

Taking into account the traffic figures for Saturday 2 June, which was also extremely busy, and those of Sunday 3 June, Eurotunnel will have carried more than 26,000 tourist vehicles from Folkestone to Coquelles over a three-day period, surpassing the previous record for the equivalent UK peak holiday departure period at the end of July last year.

The seamless reliability of the Eurotunnel transport system and its intrinsic values made this feat possible: five departures an hour in each direction, a crossing time of 35 minutes and a load factor of almost 100%.

On their return journey tens of thousands of customers will be able to take advantage of the latest improvement to the Eurotunnel service. From 6 June, between 8.00am and midnight, Le Shuttle trains will run at 160kph instead of the current 140kph, giving a crossing time of around 30 minutes.

(Source: Eurotunnel)