By Terry Gourvish
Commissioned through the cupboard place of work and utilizing hitherto untapped British executive files, this publication offers an in-depth research of the winning undertaking of 1986-94. This is a shiny portrayal of the complexities of quadripartite decision-making (two nations, plus the private and non-private sectors), revealing new insights into the function of the British and French Governments within the procedure. this crucial publication, written by means of Britain’s major delivery historian, should be crucial examining for all these drawn to PPPs, British and European economic history and diplomacy. The construction of the Channel Tunnel has been considered one of Europe’s significant initiatives and a sworn statement to British-French and public-private quarter collaboration. even if, Eurotunnel’s present monetary challenge presents a sobering backcloth for an exam of the British Government’s long term flirtation with the venture, and, particularly, the sooner Tunnel venture within the Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, which used to be deserted by means of the British govt in 1975.
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Lon lway L. C. & D. rai Canterbury England Ramsgate Cap Gris-Nez Wissant Viaduct Boulogne Mouth of tunnel Sangatte Calais n Du e France Marquise Lille u rq ke BEGINNINGS, 1802–1945 debate within government circles. In 1906–7, Sir George Clarke (subsequently Lord Sydenham), the Secretary to the Committee, argued strongly for the tunnel, in the wake of the Anglo-French Entente Cordiale of 1904. 38 Opinion within the Board of Trade, on the other hand, was rather lukewarm. The commercial impact was uncertain, it was argued, but the likelihood was that imports from France and neighbouring countries would rise.
Committed to an ambitious electrification programme, but strapped for cash, as all the ‘Big Four’ companies were, it could only emphasise the financial burden it would face in providing railway works should the tunnel be built. When representatives of the Channel Tunnel Co. , and that the continental or ‘Berne’ loading gauge should be adopted for the line to London. 65 It is true that the costs were scaled down when the General Manager, Walker, first appeared before the Committee in July. In the intervening three months he had been informed by the Nord Railway Co.
30 per cent), and Technical Studies (10 per cent). ; Baron Charles de Wouters d’Oplinter, President of the International Road Federation (Paris), a minority shareholder in the French group; and Alec Valentine, representing the British Transport Commission, which had acquired the Southern Railway’s stake in the 20 NEW ASPIRATIONS, 1945–64 British Co. 29 Blissfully unaware of the way history was about to repeat itself, the Channel Tunnel Study Group lost no time in undertaking work of its own. A preliminary report from Brian Colquhoun & Partners, commissioned by Technical Studies Inc.
Britain and the Channel Tunnel (Government Official History Series) by Terry Gourvish