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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

1st December 1990 The Channel Tunnel links UK and Europe (France)

The Channel Tunnel = THE CHUNNEL
The Channel Tunnel (FrenchLe tunnel sous la Manche), (also informally known as the Chunnel)  is a 50.5-kilometre (31.4mi) undersea rail tunnel linking FolkestoneKent near Dover in the United Kingdom with CoquellesPas-de-Calais near Calais in northern France beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover. At its lowest point, it is 75 metres (250 ft) deep. At 37.9 kilometres (23.5 mi), the Channel Tunnel possesses the longest undersea portion of any tunnel in the world, although the Seikan Tunnel in Japan is both longer overall at 53.85 kilometres (33.46 mi), and deeper at 240 metres (790 ft) below sea level.
The tunnel carries high-speed Eurostar passenger trains, Eurotunnel Shuttle roll-on/roll-off  vehicle transport—the largest in the world—and international rail freight trains. The tunnel connects end-to-end with the LGV Nord and High Speed 1 high-speed railway lines. In 1996 the American Society of Civil Engineers identified the tunnel as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.


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