New Eurostar security fencing reduces disruption

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Eurostar has been in the news a lot over the past few months. With the migrant crisis unfolding across Europe and the Middle East, the Channel Tunnel has been the site of a lot of disruption and sadness, as many refugees attempt to use it to make their way to the UK in search of refuge from the wars and destruction in their own nations. Due to the sheer number of refugees trying to use the Tunnel without a vehicle or trying to walk the tracks of the Eurostar and putting themselves in great danger, both have been disrupted many times since the crisis started earlier this year.

To attempt to reduce this disruption, the French authorities have now erected a security fence around both the Channel Tunnel and the Eurostar at Calais, in a similar move to some Eastern and Central European countries like Bulgaria and Slovakia, who have put up perimeter fencing around their borders to control the flow of people. This week, it is being reported by local papers in Kent, where the crossing with France ends, that this has helped reduce disruption in the area (Kent Online – Fencing Cuts Disruption).

This is good news, as many people were sceptical about how effective the fence would be, given that similar projects have failed in previous years. However, the 37km security fencing has reduced the disruption almost to zero, as it is being reported that no refugees have made their way into the UK using this route since it was erected. This has also led the Eurostar corporation to make a statement, claiming that their site has been “restored to its habitual high level of protection” and that it has been operating a normal level of security for the past month. This year, the train service has seen record usage levels, even despite the disruption caused during the summer months. This whole project is expected to have cost the British government at least £7 million, most of which was aided by the French authorities to build the fence.

About Zaun

Zaun Limited is the sole remaining manufacturer of welded and woven mesh fencing systems that manufactures the entire system in the UK.  Zaun makes the mesh, fencing panels, posts, clamp bars and fixings at its state-of-the-art five-acre production facility in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.  Products have been tested and approved by testing organisations including CPNI, LPCB and Secured by Design.

Zaun works very closely with all stakeholders within the business including employees, local, national and international suppliers and a long-established customer base of fencing contractors to design, manufacture and supply high-quality fencing systems, increasingly often providing expertise in integrating PIDs and other systems into holistic security solutions.

Zaun was founded in 1996 and remains a private company solely owned by co-founder Alastair Henman with a regional office in Dubai.  It manufactures to ISO 9001 standards. It is also a member of the Perimeter Security Suppliers’ Association (PSSA), of which Alastair Henman is a director.

Zaun is a proud British manufacturer and founder member of the Made in Britain campaign, a key player in the UK fencing market and one of the fastest-growing companies in an increasingly competitive industry.

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