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Now that one tunnel is closed, what do you do?

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You will doubtless have heard by now that a fire has closed one of the twin bores under the English Channel. Eurostar is now operating a much diminished service. So I was very interested to read in today’s Guardian how to do it the old fashioned way. Once upon a time there was through ticketing and reasonably convenient connections between train and boat i.e. a short walk through the customs shed. No more. I wonder if they will get any better- or now that it is all in the hands of competing copmpanies the current shambles will continue until the tunnel is fixed. Inter-modal transfers are not what they used to be.

Written by Stephen Rees

September 16, 2008 at 5:35 pm

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  1. My sister and her family are in France at the moment and I’m fairly sure they’re going back to England from there but I could be wrong. They left for the continent just in time before chaos. That’s how I heard…

    Erika Rathje

    September 16, 2008 at 7:50 pm

  2. Good thing there’s an alternate route to the tunnel.

    Ron C.

    September 18, 2008 at 12:07 pm

  3. The following information comes from the 22 Sept edition of the Railway Herald a free pdf publication

    Following the Channel Tunnel fire, Eurotunnel
    brought a 17km-long section of the north
    bore back into service on the morning of 22nd
    September, enabling an increase in the number
    of trains to almost 170 per day.
    Operating the whole south bore and interval
    2 of the north tunnel, together with the UK
    ‘cross-over’, gives an approximately 50%
    improvement in the service Eurotunnel currently
    offers, bringing it to 44 Eurostars, 90 truck
    shuttles, 29 passenger shuttles and a varying
    number of rail freights per day.
    Technical staff are working around the clock
    to bring a second 17km long section of the
    north tunnel back into service in the next
    few days. This will further improve the quality
    of service available. Since 13th September,
    Eurotunnel has given priority to customers who
    had already made reservations. The increase in
    the number of passenger shuttles will enable
    it to once more provide a regular service.

    Stephen Rees

    September 23, 2008 at 2:17 pm


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