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CTG did, however, take care to respond to the claims that a Channel Tunnel would costs tens of thousands of jobs. For a start, they knew that job creation was one of the key A fait accompli ? 21 reasons the project was receiving such strong political support in London and Paris. Secondly, they believed that, alone amongst the contenders, the rail link proposal would compete with the ferries but not put them out of business. During construction, CTG said it would create 4,500 jobs in East Kent, 70 per cent of which would be filled by local people.
The majority of independent construction and financial experts seemed to be backing it. But with both Mrs Thatcher and President Mitterrand both still hanging onto their ambitions for a drive-through link, anything could happen. The competitors had spent millions on design work, publicity and lobbying. Yet with 20 days left, the race was still wide open.  From Channels and Tunnels, by Sir Nicholas Henderson, published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987 5 Concessions and treaties “You can’t say this will be an absolute bonanza for UK industry.
The islands alone were huge projects. They were to be 700 metres long, 500 metres wide and could include shops, hotels, parking for over 1,500 cars and possibly a marina. 5 million tonnes of cement and nearly a quarter of a million tonnes of reinforcing steel. And on top of all this it would have to build two semi-submersible barges for laying the immersed tube tunnel sections in their dredged trenches, and two precision dredgers to create the trench in which the tunnel sections would sit. EuroRoute estimated that each of these would cost £70 million.