Eurotunnel has pledged to continue fighting efforts to ban its ferry arm MyFerryLink from operating the Dover-Calais route.

The channel tunnel operator’s appeal against a banning order imposed in June by the Competition and Markets Authority has been set for November.

The competition authority yesterday imposed a ‘project order’ seeking to prevent Eurotunnel from operating ferry services using former SeaFrance ferries from the port of Dover.

But no action can be taken until the outcome of the Competition Appeals Tribunal hearing on November 24-25 is revealed.

MyFerryLink said: “We continue to believe that the CMA does not have jurisdiction to review the transaction as a matter of UK law and, as a result, we continue to fight our case before the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

“In the meantime, after excellent carryings during the summer season, we wish to reassure our loyal customers that we will continue to operate our full schedule with the high quality on-board services at highly competitive prices.”

The company operates up to 24 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route, with autumn fares starting at £24.50 each way for a car and up to nine passengers.