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Fire on board a freight shuttle in the Channel Tunnel - update

Investigation into a fire on board a freight shuttle in the Running Tunnel North of the Channel Tunnel, 17 January 2015

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This item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB and BEA-TT have published their joint report describing this accident. See Report ET2016

Library image of freight shuttle

Library image of freight shuttle

RAIB has been working with the Bureau d’Enquetes sur les Accidents de Transport Terrestre (BEA-TT), the body responsible for the investigation of railway accidents in France, to jointly investigate a fire on-board a train in the Channel Tunnel. Since the train stopped in the French section of the tunnel, the investigation is being led by BEA-TT. RAIB’s scope was primarily to determine the cause of the fire.

The fire completely consumed two trucks that were being conveyed on the shuttle, and caused damage to rolling stock, railway infrastructure and the tunnel lining. It also severely disrupted services through the Channel Tunnel for several days.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is now complete. The investigation into Eurotunnel’s response to the second power trip and the fire continues.

Channel Tunnel website update

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RAIB and BEA-TT will publish the findings relating to both the cause of the fire and Eurotunnel’s management of the incident, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of the joint investigation. The report will be published in both English and French.

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Published 5 March 2015
Last updated 9 November 2015 + show all updates
  1. Web site update following completion of RAIB's investigation into the cause of the fire on board a freight shuttle in the Channel Tunnel.

  2. First published.