Intermodal Freight Transport

17.3: The Carriage of Dangerous Goods Through The Channel Tunnel (IGC)

17.3 The Carriage of Dangerous Goods Through The Channel Tunnel (IGC)

The over-riding aim of Eurotunnel s hazardous goods policy is to ensure a safe transport system and the measures adopted make it one of the world s safest transport systems. This policy has been formulated with two important groups in mind:

  1. The public with its concern for safety.

  2. Industry with its concern for safeguarding the commercial interest.

Safety procedures for the Tunnel were devised to conform to the IGC s rigorous requirements, and both the safety measures and the list of hazardous goods authorized for transit in the Tunnel have been approved by the IGC, which is made up of representatives from the British and French governments. These safety procedures are designed into the system to minimize the risks of incidents in the Tunnel, so enabling certain types of hazardous goods to be carried. The ADR regulations on the carriage of dangerous goods by road and the RID regulations applying to rail transport were used as the basis of Eurotunnel s policy.

A common policy is applied to the carriage of heavy goods vehicles on the freight shuttle service and to rail transit, and while access procedures for heavy goods vehicles and their drivers to the terminals and Tunnels are different from those of rail-freight trains, no difference is allowed between the types of goods which may be carried. In consequence of this policy, the carriage of hazardous goods through the Channel Tunnel must comply with the ADR (see above). Hazardous...

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