Thursday, September 18, 2008
Basically a train fire in a very long tunnel poses big problems for fire-fighters, as it takes a long time to get to the blaze. So the car transporter shuttles are designed as closed compartments, which means that if a fire breaks out the train can be driven out of the tunnel and the incident dealt with in the open air. But the HGV transporters are open-sided so in the event of a fire the train must stop. That maximises chances of damaging the tunnel fabric and generates far higher costs (think closure of one of the tubes for a month) than would providing closed carriages for HGVs in the first place.
And should it be permissible to transport highly volatile or poisonous products through the tunnel?
See the pictures – what do you think?