Getlink (formerly Eurotunnel) is preparing to blow up Channel Tunnel traffic jams

14:30, 16/05/2021 (GMT+7)

The Channel Tunnel operator has been investing for four years to create a “smart border”. Without blockages or traffic jams.

Cover monde 670CALAIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 30: Trucks line up to board at the Calais Ferry terminal on January 30, 2020 in Calais, France. At 11.00pm on Friday 31st January the UK and Northern Ireland will exit the European Union 188 weeks after the referend

Hard Brexit or not, it’s already a race against time for freight trucks in the Coquelles car park, at the Eurotunnel terminal in Pas-de-Calais. Lined up in rows of ten on Wednesday, September 30, they are waiting, engines running, for the green light from the agents of the Channel Tunnel operator responsible for checking their administrative documents. There was no question of being in their way when the barriers were lifted: with a roar, they set off with a bang to gain the first places aboard the shuttles located a few hundred meters away.

Czechs, Poles, Germans or Spaniards, all of Europe parades here every day. Ten thousand daily trucks (in both directions) and € 138 billion worth of goods annually pass through the tunnel between the UK and the continent. No wonder this cross-Channel link mobilizes so many politicians and business leaders. In the management offices, the official photos are reminiscent of those of a diplomatic representation: even the former Prime Minister Theresa May had split from a visit to the terminal, discovering that the passengers were not the alone to travel under the Channel!

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