Former Eurotunnel chief Morton dies at 66

3rd September 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, Sept 3 (AFP) - Sir Alastair Morton, who as co-chairman of Eurotunnel was a driving force behind the building of a rail tunnel beneath the English Channel, has died, a Eurotunnel spokesman said Friday.

LONDON, Sept 3 (AFP) - Sir Alastair Morton, who as co-chairman of Eurotunnel was a driving force behind the building of a rail tunnel beneath the English Channel, has died, a Eurotunnel spokesman said Friday.   

Press reports said Morton, aged 66, who lived in London, died of a heart attack.  

Born and raised in South Africa, Morton studied law at Oxford, then went into banking and the oil industry before taking the reins at Eurotunnel in 1987 as work began to bore the tunnel linking Britain and France.  

He tirelessly championed the rail tunnel, keeping the banks that were financing the multi-billion-pound project on board in the face of soaring costs and its belated opening 10 years ago.  

He left Eurotunnel in 1996, and three years later became chairman of the Strategic Rail Authority, which oversees Britain's privatised rail operators, remaining in that position until the end of 2001.  

"Sir Alastair's leadership of Eurotunnel during the construction and opening phase of the Channel Tunnel project truly made its mark on history," a Eurotunnel spokesman said.

 

 

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