THE CHANNEL TUNNEL - ITS HISTORY. PRESENT STATE OF THE PROJECT

LE TUNNEL SOUS LA MANCH - HISTORIQUE - ETAT DU PROJET

A brief outline is given of the tunnel project, and the various trasactions it gave rise to. Details are given of the entry point south west of Clay on the French side, of the exit point north west of Folkestone on the British side, and of the length of the structure (52km, 26km of which would be under the channel). It will be linked to the railway lines going to Dover and London, and Calais and Paris. The main stations will have loading bays for heavy and light vehicles. There will be in fact three tunnels, two parallel ones for each direction of traffic, and between them a gallery, which will be used as an investigation gallery during construction and, later on, will be utilized for services, and ventilation. The main tunnels will have an internal diameter of 6,85m. Three kinds of shuttle trains are planned: single-deck wagons for all private cars including buses and caravans, double-deck wagons for peak-hour use for private cars only, and lorry- carrier trains capable of carrying a 40 tonne road train. The last part of the article deals with the economic efficiency and the economic aspects of the tunnel. /TRRL/

  • Authors:
    • CALLOU, R
  • Publication Date: 1973-6

Language

  • French

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 269-280
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00126097
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Central and Regional Labs of Bridges & Highways,Fr
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 1976 12:00AM