Munich, 21. April 2009 – It’s not just Easter holidaymakers who are annoyed: Since January, the three old tubes of the Elbe Tunnel, which were opened to traffic in 1975, have been repaired one after the other. For the duration of the renovation, only the fourth tube, which was opened in 2002, and two old tunnels will be passable; traffic jams are inevitable. In 2003, the German Automobile Club (ADAC) had rated the Elbe Tunnel as good in a safety check "good" but the refurbishment was overdue. Although this year’s series of tests, which are carried out at different locations each year, does not include the eye of a needle on the A7, the current test focused on inner-city tunnels in Germany "very good", once "good", are the results published today. Particularly pleasing: together with the test results abroad, the 2009 results are the best since the study was launched ten years ago.
Only one "sufficient"
Eight other pipes received similarly positive ratings. The only exception with "sufficient" is the Swiss tunnel Vue-des-Alpes. This time, ADAC and its partners examined a total of 13 tunnels in four countries as part of EuroTAP (European Tunnel Assessment Programme). Twelve automobile clubs have joined forces in this European program for greater tunnel safety.
Warnow Tunnel: State-of-the-art safety technology
From a German perspective, the focus this year was on city tunnels: the Brudermuhl Tunnel on the Mittlerer Ring in Munich, the Schlossberg Tunnel in Heidelberg, the Tegel Airport Tunnel on the Berlin city highway, and the Warnow Tunnel in Rostock were all assessed. The latter received top marks because it offers state-of-the-art safety technology. There is ventilation, traffic lights and barriers in front of the portals, video surveillance, well-marked escape routes and an automatic fire alarm system.