Chunnel delay

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The continuing row between Eurotunnel and TML, the consortium building the Channel tunnel, meant that TML's British party reached Friday's celebrations to mark the handover of the tunnel by the contractors an hour late. British Rail could have provided a through train from London's Victoria Station to the French end of the tunnel, but Sir Alastair Morton, Eurotunnel's chairman, did not want the contractors and their guests to be the first through passengers from London to France.