Spun out of British Rail during its privatisation in the mid-1990s, EWS now claims to move over 100m tonnes of freight by rail a year. Its 690 locomotives carry materials across Britain and into Europe through the Channel Tunnel. However, delays and cancellations to freight trains caused by asylum seekers in the Channel Tunnel have cost the London-based company over £10m since November 2001, reportedly directly affecting its current turnover, which reached £538m in 2001, when the company had 6,018 staff.
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