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Eurotunnel has benefited from ferry access problems at Calais port in northern France, according to results published by the Channel Tunnel operator on Tuesday.

Calais has been forced to cut ferry capacity while it replaces defective cables on link span bridges between quays and the ferries. As a result coach traffic through the Channel Tunnel increased by 49% to 17,629 vehicles during the first quarter compared with the same period last year. Truck and car traffic through the tunnel increased by 6% and 4% during the first three months of the year compared with the same period last year.

Eurostar passenger train services through the tunnel also increased, as demand has risen since completion of the first section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

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