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08/08/02
Beast Called Annie Eats Up London
- Stratford-St. Pancras tunnel machine can munch 95 metres of rock a week

DRILLING started yesterday on the last bit of the new high speed Channel Tunnel link into central London.

The tunnel stretch between Stratford in East London and St. Pancras in the centre may only be five miles long, but it is to feature some of the most advanced engineering techniques in the world.

The drill itself - nicknamed Annie - is 120 metres long, can eat its way through 95 metres of rock a week and even has toilets on board for its teams of engineers.

In two years time, when the Stratford-St. Pancras tunnel completes the 68 mile link to the coast, travellers between London and Paris or Brussels will then be able to choose between Stratford, St. Pancras and Waterloo and have access to more trains than at present.



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