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Automated Jacksons gates swing into action at Eurotunnel

Jacksons Fencing has recently installed 4 metre x 14 metre fully-automated, double-leaf swing gates as part of the ongoing security updates at the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles.

With each post weighing over a tonne and each leaf measuring 7 metres wide, weighing 1,600 kg and operated by 125 mm bore x 1,300 mm stroke, rams weighing over 200 kilos and capable of lifting over 19 tonnes/190,000 newtons (the equivalent of a full double decker bus), this massive gate is anything but lightweight, yet is no slouch with opening and closing operations completed within 60 seconds.


The new gate is one of the largest automated swing gates Jacksons has ever designed. It’s CE Marked in compliance with the EU Machinery Directive. Constructed from hot dip galvanised steel to provide protection against corrosion inside and out, before being powder-coated white in-house, the gates were manufactured at Jacksons’ Kent-based headquarters (located just 12.4 km from the UK entrance to Eurotunnel in Folkestone).

The Jacksons contracts team based in Calais, working in harness with the design and manufacturing teams in Kent, ensured a fast and accurate installation on pre –installed posts with hanging and adjustment taking approximately four hours to complete.


Jacksons’ CEO Peter Jackson commented: “While we’ve designed and manufactured larger sliding gates, the sheer size, operating environment and performance requirements of this gate presented a few challenges, particularly given the short deadline which needed to be met. I’m delighted and proud that the teams both here in the UK and in France proved that they had the flexibility and determination to rise to the exacting demands of the project.”

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MITIE renews £12 million security contract with Eurotunnel

MITIE has been awarded a contract extension with Groupe Eurotunnel SA for a total value of £12 million.

Groupe Eurotunnel SA manages and operates the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, and will continue to work with MITIE over the next three years.

MITIE’s Total Security Management (TSM) business was originally awarded the contract with Eurotunnel in 2010.

This contract extension has been awarded based on MITIE’s technology-led innovations including a traffic management system and real-time automated scheduling which will increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

Bob Forsyth: md at MITIE TSM

Bob Forsyth: md at MITIE TSM

Bob Forsyth, managing director of MITIE’s TSM business, said: “We’re delighted to be furthering our partnership with Eurotunnel through our sector expertise and innovative thinking in what is one of the largest sector-dedicated operations in aviation and transport.”

Rob Gregory, head of security for Eurotunnel, added: “In our 20th year since shuttle services began through the Channel Tunnel, Eurotunnel is pleased to extend its partnership with MITIE. Over the last four years, MITIE has proven itself to be an effective and cost-efficient partner with the ability to understand and meet the unique requirements specific to the day-to-day operation of the Channel Tunnel.”

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