Eurotunnel HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) Shuttle Train passing through the UK Crossover which allows switching between rail tunnels.

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Eurotunnel HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) Shuttle Train passing through the UK Crossover which allows switching between rail tunnels.
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Heavy Goods Vehicles are carried on Eurotunnel Shuttle Train inside special semi-open wagons. Truck drivers travel separately in a closed carriage. European governments have repeatedly said that they want to encourage a massive shift of traffic particularly freight traffic from road to rail The opening of the Channel Tunnel connected Britain s 16 000 km railway network to more than 150 000 km of standard gauge tracks in continental Europe The Channel Tunnel is already one of the busiest railways in the world and when it reaches its ultimate capacity it will handle 30 train movements per hour in each direction Unlike the passenger shuttles the freight shuttle wagons are semi open Truck drivers do not stay with their vehicles but travel instead in a club car at the front of the train where they are served a meal Originally 28 wagons long the freight shuttles have been extended to 32 wagons because of rapidly rising demandThe English Channel Tunnel has two undersea crossover facilities between the two rail tunnels allowing trains to cross between the tunnels to permit closure of sections of the tunnels for maintenance purposes The cavern is roughly elliptical in cross section it is 164 m long 22 m wide and 15 m high compared to 105 m x 33 m x 55 m for the underground hall for the SDC and lies at a depth of 35 m below the sea To maintain separation for ventilation purposes huge pairs of sliding doors divide the two crossover caverns longitudinally Interlocked with the signalling system they are only opened to permit trains to switch from one running tunnel to the other
Location: UK Crossover, 40m under seabed between UK and France.