Hague tram tunnel is safe, TNO says
10 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Complaints about the safety of the tram tunnel in The Hague are unfounded, according to a new report.
10 March 2005
AMSTERDAM — Complaints about the safety of the tram tunnel in The Hague are unfounded, according to a new report.
The study by the environmental and geosciences section of the independent research agency TNO focused on fire safety in the Kalvermarkt section of the tunnel.
TNO concluded that concern about the number of emergency exits was not crucial as in the event of a fire, passengers could escape "fairly risk-free" in the direction of Spui station.
The city council called for an investigation after radio programme Argos raised questions about the number of safety exits in the tunnel that opened last October.
The tunnel has been plagued by problems: there have been complaints of leaks and water seeping in; costs have been double the original estimate and the opening of the tunnel was five-years late.
Allegations in relation to the number of fire exits appeared to be the last straw.
But while TNO has dismissed those concerns, its report said fire safety in the tunnel could be improved further by adapting the fire exit signs. The report also suggested that a "good" look be taken at how potential smoke could spread through the tunnel.
The city council is studying the report and is expected to implement its findings.
[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2005]
Subject: Dutch news