Asked in Bridges and Tunnels
Why was the channel tunnel needed?
November 02, 2012 5:17PM
With ever-increasing travel between the U.K. and France, there simply was no way for all those cars and people to be carried on slow ferries. Even the faster hovercraft couldn't handle the number of travellers, and in any case hovercraft are rather energy-inefficient.
Rail transport is hands down the most efficient way to move goods and people, and with recent upgrades to rails on the British side the trip from one capital to the other can be made at speeds of up to 300 km/hr.
It takes 2 hours 15 minutes from London to Paris by train via the Channel Tunnel. More passengers travel from London to Paris by train than by air.