One of the pleasures of travelling through the Channel Tunnel is — for some passengers at least — the brief respite that it gives from the sound of people chattering on their mobile phones. But not for long.
From July, those who feel lost without a handset permanently attached to their ear will be able to get a signal 250ft under the sea bed. Eurotunnel, which manages the 31-mile link between Folkestone and Calais, has announced a deal with telecoms providers after a French technology group worked out how to link the tunnel with mobile signals.
It raises the all-too inevitable prospect of a chorus of passengers shouting out, “Hello darling, I’m in the Channel Tunnel!” throughout the 20-minute journey between England and France.