Eurotunnel and Siemens conduct successful test of Vectron locomotive in Channel Tunnel to boost cross-Channel rail freight

  Eurotunnel and Siemens conduct successful test of Vectron locomotive in
  Channel Tunnel to boost cross-Channel rail freight

Business Wire

PARIS -- January 28, 2013

Regulatory News:

Groupe Eurotunnel (Paris:GET)

Following the agreement to apply the European Technical Specifications for
Interoperability to freight trains travelling through the Channel Tunnel,
tests were carried out overnight on 25-26 January 2013 with a latest
generation Siemens Vectron locomotive. The Vectron is the first locomotive to
gain certification under TSI, HS and RST in Europe. It is therefore capable of
hauling traffic directly from the continent to the UK. The tests were to prove
its compatibility with the systems and safety rules in the Channel Tunnel.

For the test, the Vectron loco, in standard configuration and hauling wagons
with a total weight of 1,350 tonnes, entered the Tunnel via the French portal
at 22:42 and completed a series of traction, braking and pantograph tests.
Equipped with four axles, instead of the six on the Class 92, which is
currently used in the Tunnel, the Vectron exited at Folkestone before setting
back to France for a second phase of tests, which was completed without
difficulty around 06:00 am.

This series of tests is in line with Eurotunnel’s ambition to encourage the
development of “normal” rail freight between the UK and continental Europe,
that is to say without the need to use the very specific Class 92 locomotives.

The successful tests, which are a further stage in the story of the Vectron,
demonstrate how Siemens has been able to react to the requirements of
interoperability with its new generation of ERTMS compatible locomotives, and
is evidence of the role Eurotunnel is playing in the development of rail in
Europe.

Michel Boudoussier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Groupe Eurotunnel SA,
stated: “The approval of new rolling stock is the vital counterpart to the
open access model put in place by Eurotunnel. I am delighted that our
cooperation with Siemens will open the way to new international rail freight
flows, which will in turn, significantly reduce C0² emissions”.

Karl-Hermann Klausecker, Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Locomotives and
Components (Division Rail Systems), added: “We are very pleased to have been
able to demonstrate the exceptional capabilities of the Vectron. In keeping
with the Vectron slogan, ‘Creating corridors’, we have been able to show that
it is possible to operate through the Channel Tunnel, in a reliable and safe
manner, using just a standard loco”.

About Eurotunnel

Groupe Eurotunnel (Euronext Paris: GET and London Stock Exchange: GETS)
manages the infrastructure of the Channel Tunnel and operates accompanied
truck shuttle and passenger shuttle (car and coach) services between
Folkestone, UK and Calais, France. Eurotunnel holds the concession until 2086
to operate the Channel Tunnel, the fastest, most reliable, easiest and most
environmentally friendly way to cross the Channel. In 18 years, nearly 284
million people have used the Channel Tunnel. This unique land crossing has
become a vital link between the continent and the United Kingdom. Eurotunnel
also runs a rail freight business through its subsidiary Europorte, which
offers a wide range of integrated rail freight services.

www.eurotunnelgroup.com

About Europorte

The first private French rail operator to have obtained, in 2004, a licence
authorising the development of rail services throughout the European Union,
this rail freight subsidiary of the Eurotunnel Group is the 3^rd largest
operator within the French and British rail network. With more than 1000
employees in France, Europorte provides tailor-made solutions for industrial
operators, offering an integrated range of services covering all freight
fields: from national and international haulage to logistics, from local
services to management of branch lines, including the activities of a local
railway operator.

www.europorte.com

About Siemens

The Siemens Rail Systems Division (Berlin, Germany) is an international leader
in providing rolling stock and related services. Its portfolio covers the full
range of vehicles - from railroad cars to metros and locomotives to trams and
light-rail vehicles. The Division combines competence in the areas of local,
long-distance, and logistical transport to offer comprehensive expertise for
environmentally friendly, efficient, and reliable rail vehicles, which are
already in use in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit

www.siemens.com/rail-systems

Contact:

Eurotunnel Press Contact:
For media enquiries contact John Keefe Consultant on + 44 (0) 1303 284491
press@eurotunnel.com
For investor enquiries contact Michael Schuller on +44 (0) 1303 288749
Michael.schuller@eurotunnel.com
or
Siemens Press Contacts:
Laurie Waugh: +44 1276 696310
laurie.waugh@siemens.com
 
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