A food and drink to go service has been developed by Eurotunnel Le Shuttle to support social distancing.

The development comes as the company reopens its UK passenger terminal in Folkestone today (Wednesday).

The Channel Tunnel vehicle carrying service is gearing up for the government relaxing overseas travel restrictions and the creation of travel corridors to avoid a 14-day quarantine on return to the UK.

The company is highlighting how it enables holidaymakers to travel from home to holiday without leaving their car.

The latest initiative allows travellers to pre-order refreshments from Starbucks as well as last minute grocery essentials to be delivered directly to their car.

The car park delivery service is available online or via a QR code.

Food and drink can be ordered on arrival at the passenger terminal. This can then be delivered directly to their car if they don’t wish to leave their seat.

A restricted menu will initially be available, consisting of a range of drinks, snacks and sandwiches as well as basic groceries such as eggs, milk, bread and hand sanitiser.

Up to four services an hour are currently through the Channel Tunnel from Folkestone to Calais.

Outlets due to open in the terminal this summer include Starbucks, Leon and Burger King.

A duty free shop, AA shop, and WH Smith are also due to reopen shortly.

“To respect social distancing rules there will be no communal seating areas and a one-way system clearly marked,” the company said.

“There is also a temperature testing booth now in the terminal. This is not obligatory but can offer reassurance to passengers before travelling that their temperature is normal.”

Chief commercial officer Deborah Merrens said: “We carried out some research recently which revealed that nearly 70% of UK consumers are actively looking for ways to avoid travelling in close proximity to strangers.

“Not only is Eurotunnel Le Shuttle the only transport provider to offer a service across to the Continent that doesn’t involve leaving the safe bubble of the car, but we are using technology to provide innovative ways to heighten health and safety.

“We are delighted to add this unique ‘in car’ delivery service, allowing passengers to stock up on essentials and buy a snack or drink for the journey, without even stepping out of their car.”

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