Safety Measures for People with Reduced Mobility in Road Tunnels

It is estimated one in seven of the World’s population suffer some sort of impairment to mobility yet many have access to all manner of transportation these days. Thus in a modern world where accessibility has been embraced by all Nations through a UN Charter, persons with reduced mobility should expect, and receive, the same consideration when travelling through a tunnel as able bodied persons. Tunnel designers though have not really addressed the unique needs of this group and continue to specify escape facilities and safety refuges that are only accessible via staircases or climbing onto raised walkways. This paper examines the legal position concerning disability rights, the particular issues that adversely affect such groups in tunnels, and the current accessibility provision around the world, outlining an example of best practice to meet those needs. It also sets out a number of operational and emerging technological possibilities to enhance provision and practices. These include a new ‘mobility impaired recognition system’ and the modification of current incident detection systems to identify, and alert rescue crews to stopped vehicles where the occupants are either overtly slow to, or unable to, evacuate to a place safety.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 14p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 25th World Road Congress - Seoul 2015: Roads and Mobility - Creating New Value from Transport

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  • Accession Number: 01714071
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9782840604235
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2019 10:18AM