UK and France told to pay for Tunnel losses
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.”