Friday 23 July 2010
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Eurotunnel celebrates 250 million people through the Channel Tunnel

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On 21 July Eurotunnel celebrated the passage of 250 million people through the Channel Tunnel since commercial services began, 16 years ago, in June 1994. This significant number (equivalent to half the population of the European Union!), includes car and coach passengers on board Passenger Shuttles, truck drivers and their companions travelling on Truck Shuttles and passengers on Eurostar trains between London, Paris and Brussels. 58% of the 250 million people are customers on Eurotunnel Shuttles. On average, since 1994, 43,000 people have passed through the Channel Tunnel every day.

Jo Willacy, Eurotunnel Commercial Director, said: “The Channel Tunnel is now a vital link between Great Britain and the Continent. It is a reliable route for people and goods, which has become indispensable in Europe: 250 million people travelling through is proof enough of that. Eurotunnel works hard to maintain the quality of its transport system every day, adapting services to customers’ needs, improving reliability and respect for the environment: so we know we are ready to welcome the next 250 million”.

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Eurotunnel celebrated the 250 millionth person through the Channel Tunnel on 21 July in its passenger terminal building in Folkestone. Amongst those present were two regular Shuttle passengers, Dr Marijke Korteweg and her granddaughter, Eva. From left to right: Eva, Mrs. Marijke Korteweg and Mrs. Jo Willacy, Eurotunnel's commercial director