The Channel Tunnel: Construction Process and Innovation Experiences

TitleThe Channel Tunnel: Construction Process and Innovation Experiences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsLi, Y., and H. Mu
Secondary TitleJournal of Engineering Studies
Keywordsengineering, engineering history, The Channel Tunnel

The Channel Tunnel is the world’s second largest cross-harbor tunnel. The idea of this project was proposed at the beginning of the nineteenth century by French engineers, and the project began to be constructed in the 1870s by Britain and France, but it was terminated because of the British concern about national security. The two countries began construction of this tunnel in times of peace in the 1960s, but the project was shelved due to financial problems. The channel was finally completed and the channel operated successfully through the use of private capital in the 1980s. The Channel Tunnel, finally succeeded after two hundred years, provides useful historical experience, in particular innovative experiences, for our country to strengthen the practice of engineering innovation and build an innovation-oriented country.