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20 years on, British fears over Channel Tunnel lost at sea

Published on May 4, 2014 12:56 PM
In a file picture taken on Nov 27, 1990, technicians work on the construction site of the Channel tunnel in Sangatte, northern France. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Fearing an invasion of rabid animals, terrorists, immigrants and the loss of their cherished island isolation, many Britons were highly suspicious of the Channel Tunnel.

But two decades after the sub-sea tunnel linked up Britain and France on May 6, 1994, the doubters on the northern side of "La Manche" have largely been silenced.

Opponents had warned of a host of dangers, including drug trafficking, potato blight in the 'Garden of England' county of Kent, as well as an influx of French spiders and the arrival of bee-killing moths.

Others feared a fatal competitor for car ferries operating the Dover-Calais route and the possible bankruptcy of tunnel operator Eurotunnel.

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