Eurotunnel has rolled out biometric technology in anticipation of longer queuing times post-Brexit. The move makes the rail service the first non-airport border crossing to use such a solution.
Eurotunnel has deployed IN Groupe Parafe e-gates for travellers. The French company’s technology is already up and running at a number of airports, among them Lyon-Saint Exupéry Marseille-Provence, and Nice Côte d’Azur, with facial recognition and digital fingerprint solutions in the mix.
There are initially two sets of nine e-gates at each side of the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone and in Coquelles.
The company reported its largest ever fall in freight traffic in April with a year-on-year 12% decline in goods carried between the UK and Europe. The drop was due in part to companies halting the stockpiling of products ahead of the original Brexit departure date of 29 March.
Eurotunnel has made the promise that its shuttles will be running as usual throughout 2019, “whatever form Brexit takes”.