Our awards

  • Channel Tunnel: the biggest civil engineering project of the 20th century

    In 2013, the International Federation of Engineering Consultants (FIDIC) awarded the prestigious prize ofhte most significant "major building project in the last 100 years" to the Channel Tunnel and to the engineering groups who were project managers.
    Previsouly backin 1999, two internationally renowned groups of civil engineering experts, one in the USA, the other in Europe, named the Channel Tunnel “the greatest infrastructure success of the 20th century”. The European jury placed the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge in second place, the US Interstate Highway system in third, and then the Empire State Building, the Hoover dam on the Colorado River and the Panama Canal.

  • The longest underwater tunnel in the world

    The Channel Tunnel is 50km long, of which 37.8 km are dug under the seabed, between the Sangatte and Shakespeare Cliff shafts, which makes it the longest underwater tunnel in service in the world. Another railroad tunnel, the Seikan in Japan, is longer (53.8km), but the section underwater connecting the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido is shorter (23.3km).

  • 430 million passengers since 1994

    Since its opening in May 1994, 430 million people have travelled through the Channel Tunnel, i.e. the equivalent of more than 3 times the population of France and United Kingdom. This calculation of usage includes passengers travelling in Eurotunnel Shuttles, whether in a private vehicle (car, camper-van, motorbike, etc.), coach or truck, as well as passengers on Eurostar trains. Eurotunnel Shuttles have carried 236 million people; Eurostar 194 million. In addition to these passengers, almost 410 million tonnes of goods have also been transported, with 90 % carried on trucks loaded onto Eurotunnel Truck Shuttles and 10 % on goods trains of the rail feight operators.

  • A world leader in piggyback transport

    Eurotunnel has carried more than 28 million trucks and 365 million tonnes of goods on its Truck Shuttles since the service started, making it a world leader in piggyback transport, a modern and clean form of transport, the transport of the future. The record for the number of trucks transported in 24 hours by Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Freight amounts to 7,023 HGVs on 25 January 2018, with a load factor of 80% and an optimal quality of service.

  • Channel Tunnel: an average of 60,000 passengers per day (in 2018)

    In 2018, 10.6 million people travelled on Eurotunnel Shuttles and 10.9 million on board the high-speed passenger trains which all cross the Channel Tunnel. In average in 2018, 60,000 passengers travelled through the Channel Tunnel every day of the year.

  • Eurotunnel Shuttles: 30,000 customers and 60,000 tonnes of goods per day (in 2018)

    More than 10.6 million people travelled on Eurotunnel Shuttles in 2017, which means an average of around 30,000 customers each day. In addition to these thousands of passengers, around 60,000 tonnes of goods were also transported daily by trucks on the Shuttles.

  • Traffic records for Eurotunnel Shuttles in 2018

    In 2018, thanks to the reinforced quality of service and the three new Truck Shuttles, Eurotunnel broke a series of records:
    > 1.7 million trucks transported in 2018, a new all-time annual traffic record
    > 362,905 passenger vehicles transported in August 2018, best monthly traffic for August
    > 335,348 pets crossed the Short Straits on Le Shuttle, best year ever since the opening of the service in 2000
    > 1,999 cars used the Eurotunnel Flexiplus premium service on Saturday 17 February 2018
    > 7,023 trucks transported by Le Shuttle Freight, a new all-time daily traffic record set on 25 January with a load factor of 80% and an optimal quality of service
    > c.8,000 electric cars of our customers travelled on board Le Shuttle in 2018, compared with just 40 in 2014.

  • One of the most heavily used railway tracks in the world

    During 2018, more than 125,500 trains (of which c.85% of Eurotunnel Passenger and Truck Shuttles) have run through the Channel Tunnel, which represent an average of 345 trains every day. The record stands at 453 trains in 24 hours. At peak times, such intense use means one train every 3 minutes. By comparison, the Paris RER system can run 1 train every 2 minutes, but they are just 225m long and weigh only 200 tonnes and travel at a maximum speed of just 100km/h. Eurotunnel Shuttles are 800m long and travel at 140km/h. The tracks in the Channel Tunnel are estimated to carry a load of 110 to 120 million tonnes per year of operation.

  • The most powerful locomotives in Europe

    The Eurotunnel fleet has 57 locomotives, including 45 powered by 7MW engines and 12 by 5.6MW. Given that each Shuttle is driven by two locomotives, Eurotunnel Shuttles have a potential traction power of 14MW, unequaled in the European rail industry. This is due to the exceptional nature of Eurotunnel convoys (800m long, loads up to 2,500 tonnes) but also because of the network’s profile (16km of continuous slope at 1,1% on the English side) and the traffic density in the Tunnel which multiplies aerodynamic drag by 3. By comparison, the traction power of the TGV sud-est is 6.5MW, Eurostar 12.2MW and Thalys 8.8MW.

  • An example of safety in the transport world

    The International Railway Organisation, the UIC, which represents railway operators in 22 countries, has published a report showing that the only one of its members not to have had a major accident during the last seven years is Eurotunnel. At the same time, the occurrence of lost time accidents at Eurotunnel continues to be significantly below the average for the rail industry as a whole. Eurotunnel considers that there is still room for improvement in this field.

  • The longest rail maintenance building in the world

    In June 1998, Eurotunnel opened a maintenance building 838m long on the Coquelles terminal. No other maintenance building in the railway world is of similar scale. It allows technicians to work on a complete Shuttle, without having to disconnect and reform each section, a long, dangerous and costly task.