Freight shuttles resume in Chunnel

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Truck drivers seemed unconcerned about safety fears as the first paid-for freight services resumed through the Channel Tunnel yesterday. Freight services had been suspended since fire broke out on one of the controversial lattice-sided wagons on 18 November last year. Fire brigades' unions and safety experts have voiced concerns about the wagons, which they believe helped the fire to spread through the train, but Eurotunnel bosses insisted there were no safety risks and more wagons have been ordered.

An investigation into the fire highlighted dozens of errors in the tunnel's safety procedure. A Eurotunnel spokeswoman, however, yesterday emphasised that since the fire: "We have ensured that every possible safety measure has been taken to guarantee the safety of all ... customers."