Channel Tunnel: 25 Years of Experience
The Channel Tunnel is one of the world's greatest feats of engineering. The fixed link between the UK and mainland Europe opened in 1994, with direct Eurostar services conveying passengers at high speed between London and Paris/Brussels and car/lorry-carrying Shuttles transporting road traffic the short distance under the Channel. The official opening saw great celebration accompanied by forecasts of considerable traffic in the years ahead. Some of those predictions have come to pass, with Eurostar now dominant over air travel on the London—Paris/Brussels routes, but a series of turbulent events, including Tunnel fires and the various migrant crises, have prevented overall traffic from reaching those initial expectations. This book reveals how the Channel Tunnel operates on a day-to-day basis, including Eurotunnel and its Shuttle services, Eurostar and through freight services. The Eurostar trains and the Shuttles are examined in detail. Notable events and unusual visitors are also included, and the book concludes with a discussion of future prospects for international freight and passenger services. Compiled by the former editor of Today's Railways Europe, David Haydock, Channel Tunnel 25 Years of Experience is the definitive story of the Channel Tunnel and its operations to date.
Softback, 136 pages, colour photographs
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