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The Official History of Britain and the Channel Tunnel

Terry Gourvish|
Routledge (30 June 2006)

Commissioned by the Cabinet Office and using hitherto untapped British Government records, this book presents an in-depth analysis of the successful project of 1986 to 1994. This is a vivid portrayal of the complexities of quadripartite decision making (two countries, plus the public and private sectors), revealing new insights into the role of the British and French governments in the process.

The building of the Channel tunnel has been one of Europe's major projects and a testimony to British-French and public-private sector collaboration. However, Eurotunnel's current financial crisis provides a sobering backcloth for an examination of the British Government's long term flirtation with the project, and, in particular, the earlier tunnel project in the 1960s and early 1970s, which was abandoned by the British government in 1975.

Dr Terence Gourvish is Director of the Business History Unit at LSE.

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