Chunnel's 5m tons by rail
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• The development of direct throughFreightliner container trains between Britain's main industrial areas and Continental centres is envisaged by British Railways as one of the main benefits expected from the Channel Tunnel. The new BR chairman Mr Richard Marsh, stressed this aspect on Wednesday when he addressed the general assembly of the Internatinal Union of Railways (UIC) in Paris. He also said that the combination of the tunnel and the UK advanced passenger train could provide London to Paris rail passenger services of about 24 hours.
Mr Marsh forecast that in its first full year of operation the tunnel would carry 5m tons of freight, of which 2m tons would be in rail containers and 2m tons in through rail wagons. The lm ton balance would be roll-on traffic being ferried from port to