Improving safety in Greek road tunnels

K. Kirytopoulos, A. Rentizelas, I. Tatsiopoulos, K. Kazaras

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Abstract

Tunnels are regarded as one of the most important infrastructures in Europe, as they may improve the connection of regions and aid economic development through facilitating the transportation of people and goods. In order to achieve a minimum acceptable level of safety, the EC issued Directive 2004/54/EC, which describes specific safety measures that have to be taken for all road tunnels in the trans-European road network. In parallel, there are several qualitative or quantitative methods for measuring road tunnel safety, while the method that seems to be the most accepted by administrative authorities for quantitative risk analysis is the OECD/PIARC QRA Model (QRAM), which has been developed by INERIS, WS-Atkins and the Institute for Risk Research. QRAM is based on engineering software that aids quantitatively assessment of the societal risk due to transporting goods and dangerous goods with Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) through road tunnels. The aim of this paper is to expose the effectiveness of the measures imposed by the EC in Greek road tunnels. A typical road tunnel, as designed and implemented after Directive 2004/54/EC, is compared to the same tunnel as if it was developed before the Directive was put into action. The comparison is made on the basis of the societal risk existing in the two cases. The conclusion of the paper, based on the outcome of the risk analysis with the QRAM method, is that the safety of Greek Tunnels is significantly improved due to the implementation of the measures imposed by the EC Directive 2004/54/EC.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Sustainable World
EditorsC. A. Brebbia
Pages557-566
Number of pages10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2010

Publication series

NameWIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment
PublisherWIT
Volume142

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Risk analysis
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Keywords

  • road tunnel
  • Greece
  • dangerous goods
  • safety
  • quantitative analysis
  • risk analysis

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Kirytopoulos, K., Rentizelas, A., Tatsiopoulos, I., & Kazaras, K. (2010). Improving safety in Greek road tunnels. In C. A. Brebbia (Ed.), The Sustainable World (pp. 557-566). (WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment; Vol. 142). https://doi.org/10.2495/SW100511
Kirytopoulos, K. ; Rentizelas, A. ; Tatsiopoulos, I. ; Kazaras, K. / Improving safety in Greek road tunnels. The Sustainable World. editor / C. A. Brebbia. 2010. pp. 557-566 (WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment).
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Kirytopoulos, K, Rentizelas, A, Tatsiopoulos, I & Kazaras, K 2010, Improving safety in Greek road tunnels. in CA Brebbia (ed.), The Sustainable World. WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment, vol. 142, pp. 557-566. https://doi.org/10.2495/SW100511

Improving safety in Greek road tunnels. / Kirytopoulos, K.; Rentizelas, A.; Tatsiopoulos, I.; Kazaras, K.

The Sustainable World. ed. / C. A. Brebbia. 2010. p. 557-566 (WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment; Vol. 142).

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Kirytopoulos K, Rentizelas A, Tatsiopoulos I, Kazaras K. Improving safety in Greek road tunnels. In Brebbia CA, editor, The Sustainable World. 2010. p. 557-566. (WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment). https://doi.org/10.2495/SW100511