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HOLY DRILLING: The start of tunnelling work on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link was marked by a ceremony in honour of Saint Barbara, patron saint of miners. During the ceremony a 2 ft-high statue was blessed and placed near the entrance to the North Downs Tunnel. Leo Faulkner, project manager for Contract 350/410, being built by the Eurolink consortium of Miller, Dumez-GTM, Beton and Monierbau, said: 'Saint Barbara is a constant reminder of the importance of health and safety for all our ...

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