An exceptional year end for Eurotunnel Le Shuttle with several new traffic records

Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, which connects Folkestone in Kent to Calais in France, broke a series of traffic records during the year end period.

Between Friday 19 December and Sunday 4 January 217,791 cars1, coaches and trucks were carried, making the highest number of vehicles ever transported in the Group’s history, representing almost 600,000 passengers using Le Shuttle services. 175,821 cars were carried, an increase of 8% over the previous all-time record.

But, even more remarkably, more than 19,000 vehicles2 were carried, in both directions, in one day, on 19 December. This is the highest total ever recorded in one day in 20 years of operations.

The Truck Shuttle hit a new record high, with 25,253 trucks carried3 from Calais to Folkestone. This is the highest volume ever achieved in a comparable period.

And, finally, more than 20,0004 dogs and cats took Le Shuttle between 19 December 2014 and 4 January 2015, an increase of 16% compared to the same time last Christmas, proof again that Le Shuttle is the go-to transporter for our four legged friends and their owners, who appreciate spending the 35 minute crossing time together, in their own vehicle.

Eurotunnel Commercial Director, Jo Willacy stated:

These results show that Eurotunnel Le Shuttle really is the preferred choice for customers crossing the Channel and justifies our decision to undertake a number of major investment programmes that will increase our overall capacity and enable us to offer an even greater frequency of departures over the coming years.”

  1. Includes motorcycles, vehicles with trailers, caravans and camper vans
  2. 19,038 including cars, coaches and trucks to be more specific
  1. Between 15 December and 28 December
  1. 20,318 to be more specific