A European partnership to improve safety

6 December 2005  •  Author(s): Dr.ir. C. (Kees) Both, Head TNO Centre for Fire Research, Coordinator of the EU project UPTUN (www.uptun.net) and management team member of the VSH-lead L-surF project (www.l-surf.org), Prof. Dr. Dipl.-ing.Alfred Haack, Executive board member Stuva, former ITA president, chairman ITA Committee on operational safety of underground facilities, and Felix Amberg, CEO Hagerbach Test Gallery Ltd, Coordinator of the EU project L-surF

Mobility of people and reliable transport of goods are key issues in our society. Economic growth and societal development rely heavily upon safe and secure infrastructure, in which road, rail and metro tunnels and other covered infrastructure are important elements.

In the aftermath of major disasters in Europe in the last decade, extensive research activity has started (see article from Dimitrios Theologitis, Eurotransport issue 3 2005). In this article some specific findings will be highlighted, resulting from two major EU co-financed projects: UPTUN and L-surF. The article will also draw upon future developments, such as further internationalisation of tunnel fire safety, through the combination of research and development consortia in a new ambitious ITA committee.

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