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Getlink Launches A New Innovative Unaccompanied Rail Freight Cross-Channel Service

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Getlink.

This is the first two paragraphs.

From September 18, 2021, a new cross-Channel freight service will be open to all transporters, using an unaccompanied mode through the Channel Tunnel. The service will benefit of Getlink’s unique customs expertise for the passage through the border

The crossing will be managed by Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Freight and will operate 24 hours a day and six days per week. Departures will be from the Group’s two terminals in Calais or Folkestone. The capacity will be 8,300 trailers per year. The Eurotunnel Border Pass will allows transporters to speed up the border crossing by digitising their administrative exchanges with the border authorities.

The service is designed to compliment the decarbonisation plans of both the French and UK Governments.

It looks like this could be a sensible idea.

But 8,300 trailers per year only equates to around 26-27 trailers per day. So do they just fill up one train per day?

One article on the Getlink service says that DFDS have launched a rival service for unaccompanied trailers between Calais and Sheerness.

September 14, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. Interesting article. The following link from DFDS gives some more context to the Getlink story. These services have all been stimulated by Covid, Brexit and presumably a shortage of Truck Drivers.

    Comment by fammorris | September 14, 2021 | Reply

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