Eurotunnel Implements Smooth Travel System Ahead of New EU Border Measures

Eurotunnel’s CEO, Yann Leriche, assures travellers of efficient border crossings without long queues as the company gears up for the implementation of the EU’s new Entry Exit system (EES) in October.

Under the EES, individuals travelling between the UK and Europe will need to register their fingerprints and a photo at border checkpoints, replacing manual passport stamping. While concerns have been raised regarding potential delays, Leriche emphasizes that Eurotunnel has taken steps to ensure a seamless process.

During a preview of the new system at Eurotunnel’s Folkestone and Calais terminals, it was revealed that passengers will experience only a five-to-seven-minute increase in journey time. Automatic machines installed at processing zones will streamline the registration process, allowing travellers to complete the required steps swiftly.

Eurotunnel has invested approximately £70 million in building processing zones and expanding lanes to accommodate the new system. Leriche highlights that despite the additional checks, there will be no disruption to highway traffic, thanks to increased operational efficiency.

To support passengers during the transition, Eurotunnel plans to recruit 140 new staff members.

The registration process involves scanning passports, capturing facial images, and recording fingerprints using user-friendly kiosks. While an EU-developed app aimed to facilitate pre-registration, its readiness for use by October remains uncertain.

At the Port of Dover, a similar system will be implemented, with port staff equipped with iPads for passenger registration. Coaches will undergo processing at the Western Docks, utilizing e-gates or kiosks.

As Eurotunnel prepares for the introduction of EES, marking 30 years since its official opening, the company anticipates an increase in train services through the Channel Tunnel. Leriche expresses confidence in the tunnel’s future, foreseeing a doubling of direct connections between London and Europe within the next decade.

The Channel Tunnel, initially beset by challenges including budget overruns, has evolved into a profitable venture, facilitating vital transportation links between the UK and Europe. With the EES implementation on the horizon, Eurotunnel remains committed to ensuring efficient and hassle-free travel for passengers.

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