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Report from the joint select committee of the House of Lords and the House of Commons on the channel Tunnel; together with the proceedings of the committee, minutes of evidence, and appendix.
London, Hansard, 10 July, 1883

Between late 1882 and early 1883, the two rival Channel Tunnel companies of the London, Chatham & Dover Railway and the South Eastern Railway brought bills before Parliament and the present joint select committee, or Lansdown Committee, was set up to take evidence and to decide on a scheme.

The committee came down six to four against any tunnel at all and both bills were thrown out, but not before they had examined in great detail a succession of witnesses who include Sir Edward Watkin, Chairman of the SER and his rival, James Staats Forbes, Chairman of the LCDR; a succession of civil engineers involved with one or other of their schemes, notably John Hawkshaw and Frederick Bramwell, though John Fowler is also examined on his scheme of a cross-channel steam ferry; managers of various railway companies advising on working a channel railway; members of the Board of Trade Railway Inspectorate to advising on safety; and several senior members of the forces to advise on national security, most notably Sir John Lintorn Simmons whose fear of invasion was largely responsible for killing off the whole idea of a submerged crossing.

A mine of information.


Large 4to. xlv + (i) + 574pp, 1 folding litho plate. Cloth. Orig. printed blue wrappers (worn) bound in.



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