Tun­nel will in­crease freight rate

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Euro­tun­nel will be able to take 300 ve­hi­cles an hour through its ter­mi­nal in Folke­stone af­ter launch­ing a new check-in for trucks and adding five ac­cess lanes.

The ex­pan­sion, part of its Ter­mi­nal 2015 pro­ject, has seen the Chan­nel Tun­nel op­er­a­tor buy three new freight shut­tles as it aims to in­crease flow rates.

The five new ac­cess lanes will speed traf­fic off the M20 at junc­tion 11A and lead to im­proved mo­tor­ing con­di­tions for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

The new check-in fa­cil­ity will al­low Euro­tun­nel to process enough trucks to fill a shut­tle de­par­ture ev­ery seven and a half min­utes.

Chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive Jac­ques Gounon said: “The UK econ­omy con­tin­ues to grow and trade with Europe is a huge part of that.

“This new ac­cess and checkin fa­cil­ity for trucks will en­sure that Euro­tun­nel is in good shape to carry the com­mer­cial loads that the UK econ­omy gen­er­ates and will help keep traf­fic flow­ing in Kent.”

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