Rail

Cross-Channel movements

Rail services through the Channel Tunnel, both for rail freight and the EuroShuttle for HGVs, will continue after Brexit. The European Commission (EC) agreed regulation that will allow the Tunnel to continue operating as it does now for nine months after Brexit in the case of no deal. The nine-month window provides time for a bilateral agreement to be reached between the UK and France to guarantee permanent operations. Both road and rail shippers will need to comply with all relevant EU and UK customs and other trade procedures when using the Channel Tunnel.

Will I be able to use the Channel Tunnel after Brexit?
Yes. Agreements have been made to enable the Shuttle service and traditional freight services to run in a no-deal Brexit situation. However, all the relevant customs and other trade procedures will need to be followed. For HGVs using the Shuttle, the same procedures as for ro-ro will apply. For businesses using the rail services, customs and other border checks will take place at the freight terminals, but all the relevant paperwork will be required.

Eurotunnel information
DfT 24/7 contact line for urgent rail issues: 020 7944 5656
DfT email for urgent rail issues: internationalrailpolicydesk@dft.gov.uk

Goods clearance: customs, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) checks, other

The Department for Transport (DfT) has advised that all stakeholders be fully aware of the trade procedures that will be required for traditional rail freight in a no-deal situation. Essentially, goods will be checked at off-site locations in both the UK and France; these will include customs, SPS checks, trading standards, etc.

Will rail freight through the Channel Tunnel be disrupted?
UK and French governments have been working with industry stakeholders to ensure plans for freight operations through the Tunnel, including EuroShuttle and traditional freight services, are in place.

Eurotunnel information
DfT 24/7 contact line for urgent rail issues: 020 7944 5656
DfT email for urgent rail issues: internationalrailpolicydesk@dft.gov.uk

Opportunity for more cross-Channel rail movements

Eurotunnel and DfT have reached a settlement where DfT will fund over £30 million of improvements "to develop, enhance and upgrade the Channel Tunnel site’s infrastructure to adapt to the greater complexities at the border following the UK’s departure from the EU". This may be complemented by additional train paths outside of passenger operating hours in South East England.

Can I use rail freight instead of Euroshuttle/ro-ro ferries?
Traditional rail freight through the Channel Tunnel may be suitable, depending on the type of goods and the speed required for them to move to their final destination.

More information: Network Rail - move my freight by rail

 

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