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Channel Tunnel marks 300 millionth passenger

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Channel Tunnel marks 300 millionth passenger
Photo: French Foreign Ministry
11:37 CEST+02:00
The rail tunnel between Britain and France has now carried 300 million passengers under the English Channel, its operator Eurotunnel said on Thursday.

A majority of the passengers, 57 percent, have travelled on the shuttle that transports cars and other vehicles through the tunnel with the remainder making their journey on high-speed trains linking London with Brussels and Paris.

Since its opening in June 1994, Eurotunnel has averaged 50,000 passengers a day and the company is now profitable again after flirting with financial collapse in its early days.

Executive chairman Jacques Gounon celebrated the 300 million milestone by claiming that the tunnel had "revolutionised travel habits and created a market that otherwise would not have existed, thereby making a significant contribution to economic development."

 
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