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Eurotunnel seeks compensation for migrant disruption

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Eurotunnel has requested €9.7 million from the French and British governments to cover the additional costs it has incurred trying to stop migrants crossing the border.

Eurotunnel says it has already spent €13 million on security in Calais so far this year – the equivalent of the entire security budget for 2014 – trying to prevent migrants from boarding lorries and trains bound for the UK.

The Channel Tunnel operator has also incurred additional costs from the introduction of new passport controls.

Publishing its half-year results, Eurotunnel said it has requested €9.7 million in compensation on top of the €4.7 million that the UK government has already agreed to provide.

Despite the difficulties, traffic through the Channel Tunnel as actually increased, with shuttle services growing by 9 per cent.

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