Tun­nel op­er­a­tor’s record fig­ures

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The trou­bles of Op­er­a­tion Stack have not af­fected com­muters and hol­i­day­mak­ers’ ap­petite for cross-Chan­nel travel, af­ter Euro­tun­nel an­nounced a record sum­mer. Its Le Shut­tle pas­sen­ger ser­vice car­ried an un­prece­dented 658,000 ve­hi­cles in July and Au­gust, im­prov­ing on the highs of last year. Two other records were also bro­ken this sum­mer, with its big­gest sin­gle day traf­fic of more than 17,000 ve­hi­cles and the bank hol­i­day rep­re­sent­ing its best week­end since it be­gan 21 years ago. Dur­ing the peak pe­ri­ods on those days, more than 1,000 ve­hi­cles per hour were be­ing trans­ported. Chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive Jac­ques Gounon said: “These traf­fic fig­ures demon­strate the vi­tal role the Chan­nel Tun­nel plays in the Euro­pean trans­port ecosys­tem.”

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