No longer an island: when the Channel Tunnel opened – May 1994

How the Guardian reported the opening of intercontinental rail link, 25 years ago, with hopeful predictions of a turning point in the UK’s national psychology

On 6 May 1994, the Queen and France’s President Francois Mitterrand formally opened the Channel Tunnel during two elaborate ceremonies in France and Britain. Eurostar passenger operations began in November 1994.

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