UK and France told to pay for Tun­nel losses

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - THE HERALD - by Jo Robert­son

A BILL of up to £35m could be shared be­tween the Bri­tish and French gov­ern­ments af­ter it was ruled this week that they are re­spon­si­ble for the cost of il­le­gal im­mi­grants com­ing through the Chan­nel Tun­nel.

That is the price which has been put on Euro­tun­nel’s loss in rev­enue and the cost of strength­en­ing se­cu­rity mea­sures af­ter refugees, des­per­ate to reach Kent from the Red Cross camp in San­gatte in north­ern France, at­tempted to walk through the tun­nels or board trains be­tween 2000 and 2002, when the mi­grant cen­tre closed.

The In­ter­na­tional Ar­bi­tra­tion Tri­bunal in The Hague ruled that the gov­ern­ments failed to en­sure nor­mal con­di­tions of or­der and pub­lic safety around Calais.

The ex­act amount of com­pen­sa­tion due will be de­ter­mined by the tri­bunal court at a later date.

Euro­tun­nel spokesman John Keefe said: “We are very pleased as this cost us a lot of money be­tween 2000 and 2002. It also caused ab­so­lute havoc at our ter­mi­nal dur­ing that time.

“The court has recog­nised that the gov­ern­ments are re­spon­si­ble for part of th­ese costs. We now move on to the sec­ond phase of the process to es­tab­lish ex­actly what that com­pen­sa­tion should be.

“We be­lieve the to­tal cost is in the re­gion of £35m with the loss of rev­enue and ex­tra costs of im­prov­ing se­cu­rity that we had to com­mit.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.