• Short Summary

    A SCHEME TO BUILD A RAIL TUNNEL UNDER THE ENGLISH CHANNEL IS SAID TO HAVE LOST A LOT OF GROUND IN RECENT WEEKS TO THE IMAGINATIVE PUBLICITY CREATED BY THOSE IN FAVOUR OF A BRIDGE OVER THIS NARROW STRIP OF WATER SEPARATING BRITAIN AND FRANCE.

  • Description

    A SCHEME TO BUILD A RAIL TUNNEL UNDER THE ENGLISH CHANNEL IS SAID TO HAVE LOST A LOT OF GROUND IN RECENT WEEKS TO THE IMAGINATIVE PUBLICITY CREATED BY THOSE IN FAVOUR OF A BRIDGE OVER THIS NARROW STRIP OF WATER SEPARATING BRITAIN AND FRANCE. AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN PARIS, OCTOBER 9, M. RENE MASSIGLI, CHAIRMAN OF THE CHANNEL TUNNEL STUDY GROUP, AND M. LOUIS ARMAND, A VISIONARY ENGINEER, SET OUT TO EXPOUND THE GREATER ADVANTAGES OF A TUNNEL.

    ONE OF THE MAIN POINTS MADE BY THE GROUP WAS THAT IT WOULD COST GBP220 MILLION TO BUILD THE BRIDGE BUT ONLY GBP110 MILLION FOR THE TUNNEL. IT WOULD COST GBP6 TO TRANSPORT VEHICLES THROUGH THE TUNNEL ON RAIL WAGONS - IT WOULD COST GBP12 FOR THEM TO CROSS THE BRIDGE. THEY CLAIMED THAT FOR GBP220 MILLION IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO BUILD A TUNNEL AS WELL AS A SYSTEM OF TOLL MOTORWAYS LINKING LONDON AND PARIS AND LONDON AND BRUSSELS, AND EMPHASISED THAT FOR THE PRICE OF CROSSING THE BRIDGE THE MOTORIST COULD THUS GO FROM PARIS TO LONDON VIA THE TUNNEL.

    M. ARMAND CLAIMED THAT THE TUNNEL, APART FROM BEING CHEAPER TO BUILD, WOULD BE MUCH MORE PROFITABLE AS IT WOULD ALWAYS BE WORKING AT FULL CAPACITY. BECAUSE OF ELECTRONIC REMOTE CONTROL, THE CONVOYS OF RAILWAY WAGONS IN THE TUNNEL WOULD LEAVE EVERY TEN MINUTES, FORMING A KIND OF CONVEYOR BELT.

    DISMISSING THE IDEA OF CLAUSTROPHOBIA, M. ARMAND SAID THAT HEIGHT LIMITS FOR VEHICLES DID NOT PRESENT ANY DIFFICULTY. THE TUNNEL COULD TAKE LORRIES AS HIGH AS 12 FEET 8 INCHES. HE MAINTAINED THAT VENTILATION IN THE TUNNEL WOULD BE NO PROBLEM. THE RAIL TRUCKS WOULD ENSURE IT THEMSELVES, LIKE "PISTONS IN CYLINDERS".

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAMH53SQODOAH2SHGG401URLW1
    Media URN:
    VLVAMH53SQODOAH2SHGG401URLW1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment