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Relations between Eurotunnel and TML lurched from crisis to crisis between 1989 and 1991. There were rows over tunnelling delays, over the lump sum costs, and over personalities.But away from the boardrooms beneath the Channel, remarkable progress was being made. The first tunnel breakthrough, the short landward service tunnel to the French terminal, came in late 1989. A year later, Britain's island status was ended with the breakthrough between French and British tunnelling machines. The tunnel was a reality.And the project entered a new phase with the arrival of two Americans: Jack Lemley (pictured below), the tunneller, who took over the reins at TML, and John Neerhout, the project manager, who moved in to head Eurotunnel's project team.The Channel Tunnel had passed its critical milestone and few now doubted that it would be completed. But how, and at what cost? The rows, far from being settled, seemed to be gathering momentum as the project moved into its final phase. CONSTRUCTION NEWS