Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

September 07, 2004

Sir Alastair Morton, 66, who played a key role in the building of the English Channel tunnel between England and France, died Wednesday of a heart attack.

He became co-chairman of Eurotunnel in 1987 and served as group chief executive from 1990 until 1994, when the undersea link opened. He brought a sharp mind and an explosive temper to a task that many thought would be impossible: to complete the 31-mile tunnel entirely with private funding, as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher insisted.

The construction cost of $18 billion was double the original estimate. Sir Alastair saw himself as representing the small shareholders in Eurotunnel and battled with the banks that financed the project and with Transmanche-Link, the companies that did the work.

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