Channel Tunnel often known as Chunnel is a 31 mile train tunnel running beneath English Channel. This tunnel links France to England by Eurostar Chunnel train London Paris as well as to Brussels in Belgium. Channel Tunnel starts at Folkestone in Kent and emerges at Calais in France.
Train Services in Channel Tunnel
There are two train services through Chunnel which are Eurotunnel and Eurostar. While Eurostar is a passenger train that takes people from London (St. Pancras/Ebbsfleet/Ashford) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and Brussels (Brussels Midi), Eurotunnel is used to carry cars, motorcycles and other vehicles from Folkestone to Calais.
History of Channel Tunnel
Channel Tunnel was opened in year 1994 and it took around 8 years to complete. There are three tunnels inside Chunnel, one for Eurostar, one for Eurotunnel and one for service shuttle that takes care of maintenance of Chunnel. Total length of tunnel is 50 kilometers out of which 30 kilometers are under English Channel.
Benefits of Channel Tunnel
Chunnel Tunnel (Chunnel) is one of the wonders of world as seen by American Society of Civil Engineers. Transportation between London and Paris has become very efficient since its inception and starting of Eurostar Chunnel train London Paris. It takes just 2 hr and 15 min to cover the distance. Hauling of commercial goods, vehicles etc. have also become very easy.
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