Implications of Regulations on Fire in Tunnels

The Safety in Railway Tunnels (SRT) Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSI) came into force in July 2008. It sets out a different approach to dealing with the risk of fire in tunnels, by setting out performance requirements for vehicles.As set out in the Rail Technical Strategy, maintaining and improving railway safety is a constant priority, but the railway must also strive for improvements in cost efficiency. There is therefore a need to examine how compliance with the SRT TSI can be achieved in an efficient manner, so that the new standards are not layered on top of existing standards in a way that inefficiently duplicates systems and adds unnecessary cost.The objective of the research project is to ensure that safety, cost and interoperability are optimised in rolling stock design in relation to controlling the risk of fire in tunnels.