Commission issues operational contingency measures for Channel Tunnel rail links post-Brexit

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A platform at the Eurostar terminal in London. Plans for a tunnel that connects mainland Europe and the UK dated back to 19th century. In 1994 the Channel Tunnel - the world's longest underwater tunnel - was opened and the Eurostar train service between London and the Europe was established.

Commission issues operational contingency measures for Channel Tunnel rail links post-Brexit


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The European Commission has extended a safety certification on the rail tunnel that links the UK and France for three months after the March 29 Brexit deadline.

This will allow for the heavily travelled tunnel route to continue operating normally between the two sides and “to allow for long-term solutions that are in line with EU law to be put in place,” once Brexit becomes official, according to the Commission, which added, “It is essential that the concerned undertakings and national authorities continue to take all necessary measures to comply with EU rules on train driver licences, market access, as well as safety certificates and authorisations required to operate in the EU,” adds the statement by the EU executive.

With no real progress in negotiations over the UK’s withdrawal process, the European Commission is continuing with its contingency plans by planning for a no-deal Brexit. The latest addition to the package of hard Brexit backup measures includes maintaining rail transport and connectivity between the EU and the UK under the same conditions that applied while Britain was a member of the bloc.
The 50.45-kilometre-long Channel Tunnel or ‘Chunnel’ links Folkestone, Kent on the south coast of England with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais in northern France.
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