Eurotunnel sees big rise in freight and passenger traffic during April 2022 after P&O suspends its services


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Eurotunnel bosses have revealed they saw a big surge in passenger and freight traffic during April - fuelled by the suspension of P&O Ferries for much of the month.

Lorries using its Le Shuttle Freight service totalled 128,980 - up 14% on the same month last year.

Eurotunnel saw a huge surge in traffic over the Easter holiday period
Eurotunnel saw a huge surge in traffic over the Easter holiday period

Passenger traffic soared 450% last month compared to April 2021 - although should be seen in the context of the travel restrictions which were still in place due to the pandemic.

In total, 204,069 passenger vehicles used the cross-Channel route in April - the best monthly figures since the summer of 2020. More than 131,000 crossings were made during the Easter period alone - a time when traffic chaos gripped the county's roads due to drop in capacity caused by P&O's sacking of nearly 800 staff and withdrawal of its ferries from March 17 to April 26.

Between January to April 2022, Eurotunnel, whose parent company is Getlink, transported 503.848 trucks - up 20% on the same period last year. Passenger traffic stood at 498,831 - up 226%.

This week, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency finally gave the P&O vessel the Pride of Kent the OK to resume crossings after being berthed since it sacked staff and replaced them with cheaper agency crews.

P&O ferries were left tethered to the dock for most of April. Picture: Barry Goodwin
P&O ferries were left tethered to the dock for most of April. Picture: Barry Goodwin

It joins the Spirit of Britain which resumed freight services at the end of April and is now carrying passengers again.

Previous to that, due to a reciprocal agreement between cross-Channel operators, stranded P&O passengers were diverted primarily to rival DFDS.

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