Hailed as one of the modern world’s seven wonders, the Euro Tunnel is 31.4 miles (50.5 km) long, with 23.5 miles (37.9 km) being under the sea. The average depth of the Euro Tunnel is 164 ft (50 m), with its lowest point being 246 ft (75 m) below the surface. One of the UK’s biggest ever engineering projects; it took 13,000+ English and French workers over five years to complete the tunnel. Since transporting the first car across the channel on the 22nd of December 1994, the Euro shuttles and Euro Star trains have ferried millions of car and foot passengers back and forth between the UK and mainland Europe. In 2012 alone, an estimated total of 18.2 million passengers and a total of approximately 20.2 million tonnes of freight crossed the channel via the Euro Tunnel.
Sadly, things have not always run smoothly for the Euro Tunnel, and accidents, mostly involving fires, have occurred on several occasions:
- 9 December 1994 (invitation only test run); fire in Ford Escort during loading; no passenger injuries
- 18 November 1996; fire in HGV shuttle wagon; no serious injuries; fire resulted in full operations being suspended for six months
- 21 August 2006; fire in HGV shuttle wagon
- 11 September 2008; fire in HGV shuttle train; several injuries to passengers including cuts, bruises and smoke inhalation; full service was not resumed until February 2009; estimated repair cost totalled €60 million (£50.328 million)
- 29 November 2012; fire in truck on HGV shuttle; tunnel closed for a few hours
Following instructions provided by Euro Tunnel employees and taking care when boarding and leaving shuttles usually does, however, prevent travel accidents and ensure an enjoyable, safe journey.
While every possible step is taken to ensure passenger safety, these events clearly show that on the odd occasion, things can go wrong. If you were injured as the result of an accident in the Euro Tunnel, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation if the accident was not your fault and occurred within a time limit of no more than 36 months prior to filing a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline
The easiest way to find out whether you can claim for compensation is to visit Accident Advice Helpline’s website and fill in the simple 30-second test. Another equally free and easy option is to call the Freephone number on 0800 689 0500 and speak to one of this law firm‘s advisers. Calls are confidential, you are not under any obligation to pursue a claim, and subsequently initiated claims are processed on a no win, no fee basis.Open Claim Calculator