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12May94 UK: CHANNEL TUNNEL OFICIALLY OPEN, BUT NOT FOR BUSINESS.

The Queen and President Mitterrand formally opened the £10 billion Channel Tunnel last week at ceremonies in Calais and Folkestone (pictured).The Queen travelled to Calais in one of the Eurostar trains that will soon be carrying passengers from Waterloo in London to Paris and Brussels. The two heads of state then travelled to Folkestone aboard a Eurotunnel shuttle.Despite the celebrations, full services are unlikely to be running until next year.Meanwhile, Eurotunnel has hotly denied reports that is already drawing up plans for a second Channel Tunnel.The reports said that the operator was considering a drive-through project but a spokeswoman said Eurotunnel was concentrating on getting the existing scheme working to its full potential.Eurotunnel's agreement with the British and French governments means it has to put forward plans for a second link - but not until the year 2000. CONSTRUCTION NEWS