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Friday, 8 May, 1998, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
'Le Shuttle' to change name
Eurotunnel shuttle train
Eurotunnel is to change the name of its shuttle train
The Channel tunnel is to change the name of its rail service for cars and lorries from 'Le Shuttle' to Eurotunnel.

Passenger at Stena ticket counter
Ferry companies are suffering from increased competition
The company says that the name is confusing for its French customers who do not understand it - thus abandoning the attempt to create a 'franglais' term with continental appeal.

Last year, only one in five of Eurotunnel's two and a half million customers were French.

Eurotunnel has captured a substantial share of the cross-channel market from the ferry companies last year, forcing a merger between P&O and Stena.

But it has yet to make a profit, and owes large debts to its bankers.

See also:

30 Jan 98 | Politics
Bank deal helps Eurotunnel
16 Feb 98 | Business
Eurotunnel profits off track
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