CHANNEL TUNNEL - WILL WE ACT TO END SHEPWAY'S 175 YEAR-OLD BLIGHT?

A total of 190 hectares of land in Shepway district has not been available for development for the past 175 years while the construction of a channel tunnel has been considered. The possible need and latest proposals for a fixed channel link are at present being considered by the British government. The author reviews the history of the channel tunnel project and outlines the present alternatives which fall into four groups: single rail tunnels, double track rail tunnels, road only links and a combined road/rail link. The local council strongly supports the BR/SNCF scheme for a single 6.02 M wide tunnel, with a 4.5 M service tunnel, accommodating continental loading gauge rolling stock. The total distance between portals would be 31 miles (49.4 km) with an average journey time of 35 minutes. Emphasis is being placed on low-cost, minimum disturbance projects that could be completed within a reasonable time.

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    Municipal Engineering Publications, Limited

    178-202 Portland Street
    London W1N 6NH,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Greening, T
  • Publication Date: 1980-8-26

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  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 579
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00323355
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM