Getlink, the former Eurotunnel Group, reported a 4% increase in annual revenues to €1.033 billion as its Eurostar rail service reported a record number of passengers.
Eurostar passenger numbers were up 3% year on year to 10.3 million. Revenues at the group’s vehicle shuttle services also rose 3% to €604 million.
The group reported the total number of passengers carried through the Channel Tunnel in 2017 at “more than 20 million”.
However, shuttle car traffic fell slightly by 0.6% year on year to 2.6 million vehicles.
Groupe Eurotunnel, a French company with an Anglo-French board, rebranded as Getlink in November “to mark the group’s passage into a new era”.
It includes the Channel Tunnel fixed link, Le Shuttle services, Eurostar and freight operation Europorte. The group reported rail freight up 12% year on year.
Getlink chairman and chief executive Jacques Gounon hailed the results as demonstrating “the strength and balance” of the group’s economic mode “despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit”.
Eurostar is poised to launch new services to Amsterdam and has plans to extend rail services to cities including Frankfurt, Cologne and Geneva.
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