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12May94 UK: SPECIAL REPORT - CHANNEL TUNNEL - THE ROLE OF NEVILLE SIMMS.

The financial pressure was building. The civil engineering work - that is the tunnelling - had gone well. But fitting out the tunnels was proving just as much of a challenge. And no-one could agree what the contract covered or what the final cost should be.The dispute between Eurotunnel and TML at times verged on farce.The contractor seemed to be doing all it could to disrupt progress; the client threatened to look for other firms to complete the job.At times, it seemed the project would never open.Enter Tarmac chief Neville Simms (pictured). Known in the construction industry as a deal maker, he lived up to his advance publicity. CONSTRUCTION NEWS