Summary - TST 10


TST 10

Laurent Bonnaud
Le Tunnel sous la Manche: un système intermodal, un succès routier

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Key words: Transports; United Kingdom; France; tunnel, channel; Infrastructure.

[ Abstract ]

The Channel Tunnel linking Great Britain to Continental Europe derives from numerous technological trials and adjustments, as well as political compromises. Since 1994, this major infrastructure has been filling a key missing link in the European transport network. Its contribution to a modal transfer between road and rail was expected to be high. After a decade in operation, the "Chunnel" has proved to be a remarkable rolling road, but is less successfull as a rail freight corridor. This emphasises the fact that transport corridors need a complex array of conditions to work satisfactorily. This case study gives a good insight in key success factors of large transport systems.