10 Facts About Channel Tunnel


Channel Tunnel carries high-speed Eurostar passenger trains, the Eurotunnel Shuttle for road vehicles and international freight trains.

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Plans to build a cross-Channel Tunnel fixed link appeared as early as 1802, but British political and media pressure over the compromising of national security had disrupted attempts to build one.

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Channel Tunnel's design envisaged a bored two-level tunnel with the top tunnel used for transport and the bottom one for groundwater flows.

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British film from Gaumont Studios, The Channel Tunnel, was released in 1935 as a science-fiction project concerning the creation of a transatlantic tunnel.

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British Channel Tunnel Group consisted of two banks and five construction companies, while their French counterparts, France–Manche, consisted of three banks and five construction companies.

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Anglo-French Treaty on the Channel Tunnel was signed by both governments in Canterbury Cathedral.

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Channel Tunnel was officially opened, one year later than originally planned, by Queen Elizabeth II and the French president, Francois Mitterrand, in a ceremony held in Calais on 6 May 1994.

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Channel Tunnel-induced regional development is small compared to general economic growth.

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Channel Tunnel was arrested close to the British side, after having walked about 30 miles through the tunnel.

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Channel Tunnel was required to keep to the 50-kilometre-per-hour speed limit.

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