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12May94 UK: SPECIAL REPORT - CHANNEL TUNNEL - BAD RELATIONS.

With construction proper under way, so relations between client Eurotunnel and contractor Transmanche Link started to worsen.Eurotunnel chief executive Pierre Durand-Rival launched a stinging attack on the contractors.Progress picked up, only for the UK tunnelling machines to be brought to a wet halt just off the Kent coast.The bitter rows were to be one of the dominant themes of the years ahead.The tunnelling problems were overcome, much to the delight of Eurotunnel's top tunneller Colin Kirkland (above).The atmosphere in the boardroom may have been poisonous. But construction had to go on.Eurotunnel chief Sir Alastair Morton (above) himself began to step up the attacks on TML, demanding changes at the top. The contractor, for its part, demanded Sir Alastair be gagged or removed.Meanwhile, the Japanese construction industry watched from the sidelines. CONSTRUCTION NEWS