Analysis of transport of dangerous goods through tunnels

13 June 2007  •  Author(s): J.E. Nieuwenhuis M.Sc, ARCADIS Infra BV, Amersfoort, Netherlands

Both ADR and RID regulations enable the competent authorities responsible to restrict the transport of dangerous goods through tunnels. However, account should be taken of the tunnel characteristics, and a risk assessment including the availability and suitability of alternative routes and modes and traffic management should be conducted.

ARCADIS has studied the transport of dangerous goods for a 53 kilometre railway tunnel through the Alps between Italy and France. Transport of dangerous goods in both train and trucks on trains is foreseen in the future. Analysis, modelling and studies about the possible effects of an accident involving dangerous substances in the tunnel were carried out.

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