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were £17million. The scheme was revived under Margaret Thatcher in 1985. Tunnelling began three years later, using 11 machines, each as long as two football pitches.
Breakthrough, linking Folkestone to Coquelles, came five years later. The tunnels (two for trains, one for service) are 31 miles long, mostly around 130ft under the sea bed.
The crossing, 35 minutes by train, is used by 60,000 passengers, 7,300 cars, 4,600 trucks and 140 coaches each day. It is recognised as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, alongside the Golden Gate Bridge and Empire State Building.
The men who met under the sea remain firm friends. Mr Fagg, who greeted Mr Cozette with the words “Bonjour, mon ami”, voted for Brexit but said this wasn’t incompatible with uniting the countries. Mr Cozette said: “The links between the French and English coasts have always existed. I do not think it will drive the British and French apart.”
QUESTION: Which Mediterranean island was annexed by Greece on this day in 1913?
Last week I asked, what was the name of the author and title of the children’s book published in 1877 documenting the life of a horse? The answer is BLACK BEAUTY by ANNA SEWELL.
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